Students raise awareness of bone marrow donor registry through 5K race
Six Global Citizenship classes from Minnesota School of Business–Richfield spent 12 weeks encouraging people to register for Be The One Run, a race to raise money and awareness about the national bone marrow registry.
The annual race organized by Be the Match, a program of the National Bone Marrow Foundation, organizes the annual race to unite communities and help patients with leukemia and lymphoma.
“It was great working with the students from Minnesota School of Business,” said Teri Vogt, race organizer. “It was a great connection and it really opened my eyes about service-learning and similar opportunities available nationwide.”
The decision to work with Be the Match was a personal one. Shelia Duhn, a Minnesota School of Business student, knows the importance of bone marrow transplants firsthand.
“My daughter, Kelly, suffers from leukemia and it’s only curable by a bone marrow transplant,” Dunn explained. “I’m asking fellow students to help me, help my daughter and other people find a bone marrow donor.”
Students worked closely with race organizers and helped with a variety of tasks, including developing marketing materials, finding sponsors, securing entertainment and getting people to register for the race.
The impact the students had through this service-learning project was readily apparent.
“When we started working with the students, there was no one registered for the event,” Vogt said. “Over 12 weeks we surpassed our original goals and have 625 people registered for the run and have raised over $65,000.”