About the Hope, Steps & A Cure 5K Run and Walk Los Angeles Initiative
Hope, Steps & A Cure 5K Run and Patient & Family Walk events were started in 2010 by a group of patients and families in Los Angeles that are living with bone marrow failure diseases or who have lost a loved one to these rare diseases. Bone marrow failure diseases affect the production of healthy red or white blood cells or platelets:
• Red blood cells carry oxygen to tissues and organs
• White blood cells help fight disease and infections
• Platelets help blood clot to stop bleeding
If the bone marrow "factory" breaks down and fails to keep up with the body's needs for the production of healthy blood cells, the result is called bone marrow failure. Aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) are bone marrow failure diseases.
Today there are several treatments to prolong life and Hope, Steps & A Cure events seek to educate the public about the important work that the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation does to inform and educate patients, family members & medical professionals about these diseases, their symptoms and resources available to them. Please visit www.AAMDS.org.
The 5K Runs and Walks, which take place every year in approximately eight different communities across the country, are also fundraising and community building events where patients and their supporters come together to compete at raising as much money as they can for the patient & family services offered free-of-charge by the Foundation as well as to celebrate and remember their wins and their losses and to walk and run for a CURE!
To date we have been able to raise $221,000 for the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc. over the past five years through our events in Los Angeles. Thank you for your support!
Packet Pick-Up will be Friday, April 24, 2015, Noon-6:00 pm, at RUNNERS HIGH, 5338 E. 2nd St, Long Beach. Come in and meet our Assistant Race Director, Laurie Beverage, and pick up your packet and number.
Saturday, April 25, 2015; 7:00 am - 7:45 am, at Shoreline Village, 429 Shoreline Village Drive, next to Parker’s Lighthouse.
Rainy Day Policy
Rain or shine we will walk and run. But in case of thunder and lightning - we will not. There will be no re-schedule but we hope you understand there will be no refunds either. Your donation is tax deductible at the rate of $25.00 per $30.00 spent with us at the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation, Inc.
Top Prizes: $100 cash prize for male and female who break last year’s time. The top male time was 18:45.20 run by Clint Lindsy; the top female time was 23:23.06 run by Cacey Madden.
All other awards will be given for 1st overall M/F and 1st Master M/F and then by age group in five-year increments starting with age 14 and under up to 70+.
We will also be soliciting some exciting swag from Brooks Shoes and other popular race wear providers.
Each registrant will receive a dry-fit t-shirt (unisex sizing) that features our brand-new logo.
Parking at or near Shoreline Village
Parking at Shoreline Village:
Up to 2 hours - $1 with validation with a minimum purchase from Shoreline Village merchants
More than 2 hours - $2 per 20 minutes/ $8 maximum
Beach Parking at Shoreline Village:
Metered parking for roughly $6
Please do not park in spaces marked "For Boat Owners"
Parking in Downtown Long Beach:
Parking structures are available for $5
Ride the Passport, a free shuttle bus service, to Shoreline Village
Schedule for the Passport Bus line can be found here:
Early Bird Registration up to Midnight, Wednesday, April 22, 2015
5K - $30 for adults 15 and older
5K - $20 for youth 14 and under
Walk and 5K - $40 for both regardless of age
Register to both run and walk at www.AAMDS.org/Walk.
Price Break for 5K Runners who want to run and walk available only at www.AAMDS.org/Walk
If you would like to walk with a patient as part of their team you will need to sign up at www.AAMDS.org/Walk for the Los Angeles event. Register to both run and walk at www.AAMDS.org/Walk.
Late Registration, 12:01 am, Wednesday, April 22, 2015
NOT AVAILABLE ON THIS WEB SITE. Late registration available at www.AAMDS.org/Walk, at Packet Pick-Up or on-site, Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Late Registration for the 5K - $35 for adults 15 and older
Late Registration for the 5K - $25 for youth 14 and under
Walk and 5K - $45 for both regardless of age
Our fabulous 5K Marketing Committee
Gus Quinonez, Laurie Beverage, Shahana Larson and Lisa Massacani
Post 5K Run Activities
After your run along the around Rainbow Marina and back to Shoreline Village join us in front of the Funnel House for the Awards Ceremony where we will post your times and serve a simple breakfast. The Hope, Steps & A Cure team has also prepared an exciting Silent Auction for your bidding. The Auction will feature gift certificates to Long Beach and Los Angeles experiences, themed baskets, autographed memorabilia and children’s and adult’s gifts and services.
"Be the Match" will be on site to register potential donors for the National Marrow Donor Program. A simple cheek swab is all it takes for the chance to give someone the gift of life. Bone marrow and stem cell transplants are currently the only cure for bone marrow failure diseases.
Shoreline Village offers an array of shops and restaurants for your shopping pleasure. Plan to spend a few extra hours ambling along the boardwalk after your workout.
History of Past Hope, Steps & A Cure 5K Runs and Walks
The 5th Annual Hope, Steps & A Cure Walk started at 10:00 am covering 1-mile or 2-mile stretches of the scenic Shoreline Marina with the Queen Mary in the background. 20+ year aplastic anemia survivor Lisa Massacani gave inspirational remarks as our 5K celebrity starter. Jennifer Murphy D'Auteuil, author of “Anatomy of a Miracle,” the story of her son Drew’s battle with bone marrow failure disease, and son Drew spoke about their experience battling aplastic anemia and surviving a bone marrow transplant.
Photos are available at: https://hsalosangeles.shutterfly.com/7
Olympian and World Cup Champion Mia Hamm joined her family for Hope, Steps & A Cure Los Angeles 2013, running in memory of her brother, Garrett. She brought her own son, Garrett Anthony Garciaparra, whom she named in honor of her brother. Mia joined our own local heroine, Lisa Massacani, a 30-year survivor of aplastic anemia, serving as Celebrity Starters for the 5K Run.
See our photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93136519@N04/sets/72157638223520005/
Luke Gane, former member of the UCLA Bruins football team and an aplastic anemia patient, joined Connie Britton, the daughter of a deceased MDS patient – her father, to serve as Celebrity Starters.
See our photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/93136519@N04/sets/72157637494689265/show/with/8465822339/
5K Run Teams
Runners may form teams to run in the Hope, Steps & A Cure LA 5K. Feel free to wear costumes, create your own identity, and celebrate your unique participation in our 5K Run!
Mia Hamm to run in Hope, Steps & A Cure 5K Run!
Mia Hamm, one of the most active women soccer players over the past 30 years, will run this year in our 5th annual 5K Run at Shoreline Village. Mia runs in honor of her brother, Garrett John Hamm, who passed away from bone marrow failure disease on April 16, 1997, less than a year after the US National Women's Soccer Team took the gold in the 1996 Olympics.
Hope, Steps & A Cure 5K Run - The Most Beautiful Running Course Available in LA!
This will be our fifth annual 5K run at Shoreline Village and this year we are changing it up a little. The 5K will be starting in front of Shoreline Village and take a turn to run along the Esplanade at Rainbow Harbor toward the Shoreline Aquatic Park, passing by the Aquarium of the Pacific and back to Shoreline Village.
Onsite Registration opens at 7:00 am at Shoreline Village in front of Wheel Fun Rentals (formerly the All-American Melodrama Theater)
429 Shoreline Village Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90802