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Volunteer Spotlight: Amy Nelson - taking action to help a friend

Social media can be a powerful tool to reconnect friends from long ago. For Amy Nelson, seeing a post from her high school friend, Kristy, prompted her to take action. She knew she had to do something. When Kristy posted her husband, Jeff, had blood cancer, Amy immediately asked how could she support her friend during this time.

Enter Be The Match. Amy reached out because she saw there was a possibility to do a 5K to raise money and awareness in the community. After speaking with Kristi Lindstrom, Community Fundraising Specialist, they determined the Walk + Run To Go was the best option. Immediately the planning began and in 2018 they held their first event in Kernersville, N.C. It was a success! Amy reported they raised $16,000 in the first year and followed up the next year with $21,000.

This event has been such a positive experience for Amy and all involved. The event has allowed the community to come together. Some transplant recipients have even met their blood stem cell donors—including Kristy’s husband, Jeff!

When asked, Amy says that the reason she volunteers for Be The Match is she has seen first-hand how Be The Match has helped others. “I wanted to step in and be the hands and feet of Jesus,” she said. This year, with COVID-19 throwing a wrench in their event, they have embraced the change and kept a positive attitude. The plan is to host the 3rd Triad Walk + Run To Go on August 1—if they can—and continue to grow this amazing event.

It is because of people like Amy that Be The Match shines. Volunteers are key to helping patients. Thank you for all the work you continue to do!