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UVA’s Coach and Hold My Hand For Life Rally For Same Cause!

Posted: March 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

UVA’s Coach London and Hold My Hand for Life lobby for same cause!!!!

Ruckersville, VA – March 12, 2012. Spring Hill’s community-wide Spring Fling will be held March 31st from 1-4pm at Dover-Foxcroft Farm adjacent to Spring Hill Baptist Church in Ruckersville. With over 1,000 people in attendance last year, this year’s seasonal event will be even bigger with lots of free family fun including moon bounces, food, games, a caricature artist, face painting, a huge Easter egg hunt with 10,000+ eggs and other entertainment.
While Spring Fling is all about an Easter egg hunt and fun for the whole family, the partnership with Hold My Hand for Life Foundation has far-ranging impact. This local foundation hosts a private auction and other activities at the event to raise money for Fanconi anemia research (story below). In addition, the foundation conducts a bone marrow registry in conjunction with the Be The Match Registry, a national bone marrow database. Thousands of patients with blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, sickle cell and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life.
Last year, UVA head football coach Mike London attended Spring Fling and spoke about his personal experience with Fanconi anemia and bone marrow transplant as well as his passion to motivate people to join the bone marrow registry. While unable to attend this year, Coach London sends words of encouragement, “Give the gift of life. Be an active participant in the National Bone Marrow Registry. Serve and volunteer for bone marrow drives held in your community. Make a significant gesture through your time, resources, or passion to become educated on the benefits of this life-saving opportunity. “
Coach London continues, “Nine years ago I donated bone marrow to my daughter, Ticynn, and saved her life! The last three years the football team held a bone marrow drive on the Grounds of UVA. It resulted in two players and one UVA student being a match. YOU can make a difference by getting involved. Don’t be on the sideline; get in the game and save a life!”

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