Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation Volunteers Hold Awareness and Fundraising Walk

Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation Volunteers Hold Awareness and Fundraising Walk

Phoenix Hope, Steps & A Cure Walk to be held on Sunday, February 2, 2014 to raise awareness about bone marrow failure disease.


PHOENIX, AZ –Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation local Phoenix volunteers, patients and families affected by aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), are holding the inaugural Phoenix Hope, Steps & A Cure Walk.


This fun and festive awareness and fundraising walk, held at the Kiwanis Park in Tempe, will promote awareness about rare bone marrow failure diseases as well as raise funds to support the free educational programs and services of the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation.


Bone marrow failure disease can strike any person, of any age, any gender, or any race, anywhere in the world.  50+ people each day in the United States are diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disease.  Most have never heard of their disease.


“After my dad passed away from MDS, I had to do something to raise awareness and fund research.  Being a part of the Hope, Steps & A Cure Walk has been very therapeutic for me, and I am honored to help this Foundation,” said Stephanie Cadell, Phoenix walk organizer.


The walk will be held at the City of Tempe Kiwanis Park at 10:00 am on Sunday, February 2, 2014.  To get involved and register to walk, go to www.AAMDS.org/walk.   Since 2009, AA&MDSIF Hope, Steps & A Cure Walks have raised over $400,000 with over 2,000 walkers.

About the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation

The Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation (AA&MDSIF) is the world's leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to supporting patients and families living with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and related bone marrow failure diseases. AA&MDSIF provides answers, support and hope to thousands of patients and their families around the world.

Over the past 27 years, AA&MDSIF has provided almost 3 million dollars in financial awards to nearly 50 researchers for investigation that leads to new insights into the causes and treatment of bone marrow failure disease and the development of new therapeutic approaches.

For further information, contact Martha Crews, AA&MDSIF Community Development Officer at crews@aamds.org, or 301-279-7202, extension 103.