UW Fitness Day aims to strengthen community and bone marrow registry

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May 20, 2022

Participants at UW Fitness Day 2019 in Husky Stadium.University of Washington

The annual University of Washington Fitness Day returns as an in-person occasion on Monday, May 23. This yr’s Fitness Day features a fundraising and registration purpose for Be The Match, the nation’s largest registry of bone marrow donors.
Fitness Day is a singular, campuswide exercise to have fun motion. The Seattle campus will host the occasion on the sphere at Husky Stadium, the place members will collect from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and full a circuit exercise with 20 stations led by skilled coaches from UW Athletics and community companions. Workout stations will embrace energy coaching, cardio bursts, energetic restoration and yoga. All health ranges are welcome and inspired to take part. Participants will obtain a free, efficiency tech T-shirt.
From 3:30 to 5 p.m., the festivities transfer to Red Square for “Get within the Game,” a joint effort with Be The Match meant to enhance consciousness of its marrow and stem-cell donor registry and encourage college students to join the registry. UW athletes will lead the peer-to-peer schooling effort with Football, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Cheer and Dance, and Track groups collaborating.
Alexes Harris, UW professor of sociology, is main the push to enhance the registry on the occasion. Six years in the past, Harris was recognized with a type of leukemia that required a bone marrow transplant however couldn’t discover a match on the registry.
“Be The Match couldn’t discover me a match as a result of individuals of shade are underrepresented on the registry and ancestry issues when matching,” stated Harris, who added that she was lucky to enter a scientific trial at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and had a wire blood transplant that saved her life. “I work with Be The Match within the identify of people that didn’t discover a match and weren’t in a position to dwell.”
The purpose is to increase $5,000 and join 500 new registry members. Participants are invited to make a $5 steered donation when registering for UW Fitness Day.
“After years of not having the ability to collect in individual due to the pandemic, I’m thrilled to see staff and college students come collectively in community as soon as once more,” stated Mindy Kornberg, UW vice chairman for Human Resources. “UW staff throughout campus and our medical facilities work terribly onerous and this occasion is the epitome of centering worker well-being at work.”
Fitness Day occasions are additionally being held Monday at Harborview Medical Center, UW Bothell and UW Tacoma. More data on all UW Fitness Day occasions at each location could be discovered on The Whole U’s web site.
For extra data, contact Victor Balta at [email protected].

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