Riding for Grandpa
Jennifer got involved with Be The Match after her father, Elliott, received an unrelated marrow transplant from a selfless young man in Israel. Elliott was diagnosed with AML in 2011 and, after a long battle that included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, he received a second chance at life. Elliott is cancer free today and enjoys spending time with his family and grandchildren. “Every day we have with him is a gift and I am so thankful. This would not have been possible without Be The Match,” says Jennifer. From the moment of his transplant, Jennifer’s passion for Be The Match has continued to grow. That’s why the family laces up for the San Jose Be The Match Walk+Run each year and, this summer, they are excited go the extra distance by dedicating some of their family time to riding their bikes for By The Mile for Be The Match. “Be The Match gave my father a chance to see his grandchildren grow up,” says Jennifer. “We couldn’t be more proud to support the mission, raise critical funds for other patients like him and have fun while doing it!"