Miles for marrow

By Dave Sherry

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM EST

Town of Union, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Delta Engineers, Architects and Land Surveyors challenged its employees to walk and run to support charity.

This is the second time the company has held this challenge, which raises a dollar for every mile that employees walked or ran in October to a charity of their choice.

This time the money went to "Be the Match", the largest bone marrow program in the nation.

"We had multiple participants, a lot of people, that walked or ran over 10 miles, so they got to put a charity's name in and the charity that was selected was Be The Match," Darlene Cempa, the Chief Financial Officer of Delta, said.

1,017 miles later, Delta presented a check to "Be the Match", which could be the difference between life and death for patients.

"By the really gracious donation that was made by this organization to Be The Match, what we're able to do is to put roughly 20 people on the registry, 20 potential donors who could save the life of a patient in need," Michael Garbin of Be The Match said.

According to Garbin, there are around 12,000 Americans waiting for bone marrow transplants to treat or cure diseases, such as leukemia and other cancers.

"If a person needs a bone marrow transplant, that implies that they've exhausted everything else that medical science has," Garbin explained. "Really the only thing left to save their life is a bone marrow transplant and so this donation today helps us put more new donors on the registry to help save another person's life."

The challenge gained more participants and raised more money this time, so Delta plans to continue it into the future to help keep their employees fit and support important causes.

To donate to Be The Match or register as a bone marrow donor, click here.