In Memory of Ali Kaplan
11th Annual 5K Run/Walkfor the24th Annual William & Mary Alan Bukzin MemorialBone Marrow Drive
About Ali’s Run
When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 Race Start: 10 A.M.
Registration and Parking: William & Mary School of Law, 613 South Henry Street, Williamsburg, VA
Start and Finish: Bicentennial Park, Newport Ave. @ South Henry St.
Entry Fee: $15 early registration or $20 day of race
Early Registration: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; April 6-10 in the law school lobby; or at https://runsignup.com/Race/VA/Williamsburg/AlisRun2015 or
T-shirt Pick Up: Race Day, April 11, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. @ the Law School Entrance
Post-Race Activities: Refreshments, performance awards, and prizes!
About the Alan Bukzin Memorial Bone Marrow Drive
Each year in the United States 30,000 people are diagnosed with potentially fatal blood diseases such as leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and aplastic anemia, for which a bone marrow transplant may be the only cure. Less than 25% of patients will find a donor within their immediate family, and the remainder rely on unrelated donors, recruited through drives such as this one, and on transplants facilitated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP).
In 1991, Professor Dale Hoak united the William & Mary community to find a matching marrow donor for Professor James Whittenburg. Jay Bukzin, class of 1994, continued these efforts, hoping to find a match for his brother, Alan, who suffered from leukemia. Jay’s tremendous endeavor provided the impetus for what has become an annual campus philanthropic event that unites the entire community. Alan eventually found a match and underwent a successful marrow transplant at age 15. After enjoying several healthy years, Alan passed away in the summer of 1996. Today, the drive is named in Alan's honor.
About Ali Kaplan
Alison Kaplan passed away in 1999, at age 12, from aplastic anemia, a very rare bone marrow disease. Ali was a straight "A" student, played soccer and basketball, and was active in school chorus and Dance Williamsburg. In recognition of Ali's selflessness, compassion, and courage, both James Blair Middle School and the Junior Women's Club of Williamsburg established annual student awards in her memory.