Tiffany Hendricks of Augusta, Ga., created Randi’s Army, a fundraising team for Atlanta’s Oct. 30th Be The One RunTM, in memory of her best friend. Randi, a 28-year-old wife and mother from Albuquerque, N.M., was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia on Mother’s Day 2009.
There was no marrow match in Randi’s family, but one was found on Be The Match Registry®. Randi received her transplant in November 2009, but her cancer returned. On June 27, 2010, this mother of three boys received her last wish -– she was there to see her youngest turn 6. Three days later she passed away.
“Through it all, Randi was a huge advocate for Be The Match, and she’d want everyone to know about marrow donation,” Tiffany said. “Taking part in this run is my way of keeping her alive and making sure her voice is still heard.”
“I think Tiffany forming this race team in memory of Randi is beautiful,” said Geoff Metoyer, Randi’s husband. “If Randi were here today, I would be driving my behind out to Atlanta for the run because that is where Randi would want to be.”
“She made it very clear to us that she really wanted us to continue to push for Be The Match and marrow donation. We saw patients who couldn’t find a match. Yes, Randi passed away, but her donor gave us more time.”
Run, walk, volunteer or donate to save lives
Be The One Run unites communities nationwide determined to cure patients with diseases like leukemia and lymphoma. This walk and run event for all ages and fitness levels includes a 5K, a 1K Fun Run and a Tot Trot. Get involved to help more patients get the marrow transplant they need, when they need it.