Frontier Fiesta March for Marrow 5K Run & Walk
For almost 35 years, the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation has been working to provide education, support, and hope for patients living with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and related bone marrow failure diseases. Each year we partner with the Frontier Fiesta to put together an unforgettable morning dedicated to raising awareness about these rare diseases. Join us in the park for a great day!
Help us raise awareness for bone marrow failure disease!
Make a difference, help a patient. Don't delay!
You can register online through Thursday 3/22/18 for both the 5K and walk, or on site on Saturday 3/24/18. Our goal is to have 500 people running and walking for bone marrow failure diseases.
Join us - register yourself, build a team, become a virtual walker or make a contribution to support our efforts.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 | 8:00am to 12:00pm
Lynn Eusan Park (West of Conrad Hilton Hotel) | 4450 University Drive | Houston, TX 77044
Parking is available in the parking garage located on Holman St. between Scott St. and Cullen Blvd.
Parking is free if you park above the third floor.
Funds raised by the March for Marrow 5K Run and Walk will be used to search for a cure for bone marrow failure disease and support the patients who are living with it.
Are you planning to spend the night or several nights in Houston? We have a wonderful rate at the Holiday Inn Express. The complimentary rate is $94.00 plus 17% tax for a King Room (Normally $172.00) for a stay between Friday, 3/23/2018 and Sunday, 3/25/2018.
Reservations must be made individually by calling the hotel directly at 713-652-9400 and providing the code AAMDS or by visiting the hotel's website here. Reservations must be made by Friday, February 23, 2018 to reserve this special rate. To avoid any penalization the hotel must receive cancellations no less than 72 hours prior to the arrival date. If the reservation is cancelled after this point a charge of one night will be assessed.
Katherine Whaley of KTRK ABC Channel 13 will serve as the 2018 Emcee! Native Houstonian Katherine Whaley is an award-winning journalist, traffic guru, and food writer. Katherine joined ABC 13 in October of 2014 as a Traffic Anchor, but she is no stranger to Houston viewers after working at KHOU-TV for five years. She attended Memorial High School and graduated from Rice University with a degree in History. In her spare time, Katherine sits on the advisory board of Kids' Meals, a charity that fights childhood hunger, and she volunteers with many other local organizations like Frontier Fiesta March for Marrow. Katherine was a member of the first ever Team Swift Cure in 2015 and now appears as FFM4M’s Emcee.
What to Expect
PACKET PICK UP
When and where can I pick up my race packet?
Friday, March 23, 2018: 10:00am to 2:00pm, University Center South, University of Houston, University Drive
Packets may also be picked up at the on-site registration location on race day, Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 7:30 to 9:00am.
On-site registration for the 5K run and walk will be held at Frontier Fiesta. There will be a 1-mile route for the walk that is sure to please everyone during the much anticipated first weekend of spring! The walk will proceed through a park-like environment on the beautiful campus grounds.
Festivities include team photos, awards, a memorial celebration, inspirational speakers, and a day of fun connecting with fellow patients and families affected by a bone marrow failure disease, raising funds to support AAMDSIF's patient programs and services. Plan to spend your morning and afternoon with us!
Also refer to the FAQs for more information.
8:00 - 9:15AM Registration
9:15AM Group Photo and Warm Up
9:30AM 5K Start
9:45AM Walk Start
8:00 - 11:00AM Team Cheers and Team Photos; Recognition of Sponsors, Partners, Teams, and Volunteers; Top Fundraisers
10:30AM Awards and Moment of Remembrance
12:00PM Frontier Fiesta March for Marrow Event Closes and Frontier Fiesta Starts
The Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation (AAMDSIF) is the world's leading nonprofit health organization for patients and families living with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) and related bone marrow failure diseases.
The Foundation’s strength stems from the multi-faceted community it developed over 30+ years. AAMDSIF serves and educates the patient population and health professionals and provides financial support to clinical researchers searching for better treatments and cures.
For 12 consecutive years, AAMDSIF has earned a coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the highest rating awarded by America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Only 1 percent of all American charities achieve this recognition for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.
This event would not be successful without the volunteers who serve on these committees.
The Houston event committee is a wonderful group of Texas volunteers who work together throughout the year to plan this event! Thank you to our committee members for all of their hard work!
Photos courtesy of Aja Vickers, SHUTTERMACHINE Media
The success of this event depends on our volunteers!
We need many volunteers to make Frontier Fiesta March for Marrow 5K Run & Walk a fun and successful event.
We are expecting a large turnout of walkers, runners, patients, family members, medical personnel, supporters, caregivers and community sponsors.
There are many volunteer spots available from Committee Member, race promotion, race packet pick-up, site set-up, parking, security, registration, water tables, post race refreshments, first aid station, course monitor, official photographer, finish line cheerleader, and site clean-up.
On the day of the event, volunteers are needed anywhere between 6:00 am - 12:30 pm. Click to view the full list of volunteer jobs, descriptions, and times below.
To get involved with the planning email our volunteer coordinators Heather and Ronald Porter.
Look for more opportunities to volunteer as the event approaches!
2018 WALK STAR: RON PORTER
In 2012, Ronald Porter was diagnosed with Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH). After joining a local Community of Hope support group, Ron learned about the resources at Houston Methodist where he was more correctly diagnosed with aplastic anemia with a smaller clone sized PNH.
Ron tried Immunosuppressive Therapy Anti-thymocyte Globulin (ATG) to put the diseases into remission. Then in October 2013, he went through a bone marrow transplant.
Ron just celebrated his fourth "re-birthday" disease free and he serves as our Volunteer Coordinator with his wife, Heather!
Our thanks to these supporters who help make this walk and run possible and ultimately make a difference in patients' lives.
Please select the appropriate registration below. Then create an account or login with Facebook and complete the short registration form. Be sure to select the correct t-shirt size for yourself.
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Registration options include:
You will have the opportunity to join a team during the registration process by selecting a team from the drop-down menu; alternatively, you can create your own team.
After you've completed and paid for your registration, you will receive an email receipt.