Be the Match cyclist as you embark on 3,500 mile stops at UW Health
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – A leukemia survivor seeks to raise awareness by cycling 3,500 miles.
Bob Falkenberg is a bone marrow transplant recipient and received a vital donation through the Be the Match website. Twelve years later, Falkenberg begins his 10th bike ride to raise funds and raise public awareness of the association.
“It’s a short, painless process to donate,” Falkenberg said. “For a day of your time, you can save someone’s life.”
On Wednesday, Falkenberg left UW Health and the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Madison is her third stop to date on the Tour De TC.
He says he wants his athletic abilities to inspire other patients.
“It really means a lot to someone going through this process, faced with a 50/50 odds of survival, all this chemo and what it’s doing to your body, to know that you’re going to come out on the other side. side, “Falkenberg said. “You can take charge of your life. You can do the things you always dreamed of doing.
He plans to travel east to Boston, then drive south along the East Coast before finishing his ride in Jacksonville, Florida.
Along the way, Falkenberg hopes to encourage donors of diverse racial backgrounds to join the registry.
Dr. Natalie Callander, acting director of bone marrow transplant at the University of Wisconsin’s Carbon Cancer Center, says transplant centers need donors from traditionally under-represented populations.
“We really want to encourage donations from black Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans,” Callande said. “To get the absolute best outcome, patients from these communities need the best possible matches.”
Callander says young people, ages 20 to 44, are also encouraged to enroll.
To find out more about the Falkenberg course or how to register for Be The Match, click HERE.
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