Girl, 15, won "Be the Match" race before it even started
PORTLAND, Ore. - Every four minutes, another person in the U.S. finds out he or she needs a bone marrow transplant to save their life.
That's where Be the Match comes in, helping donors connect with patients.
Victoria Roberts knows about it all too well - she got the grim news when she was 11 years old.
She's 15 now and thriving with her family in Rainier, thanks to a stranger who signed up for the national bone marrow donor registry.
"You can save a life," she said as she was about to start Sunday's 1K race sponsored by Be the Match in downtown Portland. "It's one of the best gifts you can give somebody."
We've told you about Victoria's journey for the past eight years.
She was one of about 900 people running the 5K and 1K races in downtown Portland to raise awareness of bone marrow donations and encourage more donors to sign up for the registry.
Be the Match connects donors with patients searching for transplants.
Two-thirds of patients in need of bone marrow cannot receive a donation from a family member.
For more information on donating bone marrow or signing up for the registry, visit bethematch.org.