By Eli Wallace; Above: Amy Marsh, courtesy Colorado Multisport
Boulder Bodyworker and Colorado Multisport are serious about finding pro triathlete Amy Marsh’s bone marrow match. A painless, 10 minute process and cheek swab can potentially save the lives of cancer patients in search of donors, including Marsh.
“We saw an opportunity to help from 800 miles away,” Kate Ripley of Boulder Bodyworker said. Marsh, based in Austin, was diagnosed with Leukemia just before Christmas 2014.
Stem Cell and Bone Marrow transplantation is a treatment designed to knock out the patient’s current immune system and reintroduce functioning blood cells from a donor. Siblings have a 25% chance of being a match, but 7 out of 10 patients must turn to the national bone marrow registry. Less than half of patients who must rely on a stranger from the registry receive the life-saving transplant they need. Unfortunately, neither Amy’s brother nor anyone out of the 11 million people in the donor registry is a match for Amy.
Sharing America’s Marrow, or SAM, Delete Blood Cancer, Rally Sport & Fitness, Kim & Jake’s Cake, RAD (Real Athletic Diets) and other local Boulder companies have joined Boulder Bodyworker and Colorado Multisport to host the event.
The event will be held this Saturday, April 4, at Colorado Multisport from 10am-3pm.
The goal is the set a record number of people registered at one event. Several local triathlon teams have already pledged to come by, a show of friendship and support for the 4-time Ironman and 2-time Iron Distance champion.