BASF raises awareness and funds for Be The Match in Texas
Employees support bone marrow donations
For the fourth year in a row, BASF Corporation was the local presenting sponsor of the Houston Be The Match Walk+Run held Saturday, September 13, in Sugar Land, Texas. More than 500 employees from BASF sites in Beaumont, Freeport, Houston, Pasadena and Port Arthur and their family members participated in the event, which helps raise awareness and funds for the Be The Match bone-marrow registry.
The Houston event drew a total of 1,051 participants and raised $78,000 for Be The Match. During the event, 23 donors were added to the registry, which totals more than 690,900 statewide. Bone marrow is used as a treatment for blood cancers, diseases that cause bone marrow failure and immune system or genetic diseases. Currently, there are 754 patients in Texas who are waiting for bone-marrow matches.
“For the past four years, BASF has been an invaluable partner as our local presenting sponsor of the Houston Be The Match Walk+ Run,” said Andrea Ward, Regional Development Coordinator for Be The Match Foundation. “We are truly grateful for BASF’s commitment to saving lives and helping Be The Match deliver more cures for blood cancers.”
Kelly Brooks, Procurement Manager for the BASF site located in Freeport, Texas, spoke at the event about his experience with Be The Match. Brooks joined the registry in 2001 during a church blood drive. In 2008, he learned his marrow was a match for a patient in need of a transplant, and he became a marrow donor.
“My experience with Be The Match proves that one person can make all the difference to help someone who has run out of other treatment options,” Brooks said. “Joining the registry is fast and easy, and it’s an opportunity to give someone a potentially life-saving gift that no one else can give.”
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Suggested caption : BASF employee, Kelly Brooks, proudly holds his “I am a Match” sign at the awards ceremony for the Be The Match Walk +Run. More than 500 employees from BASF sites in Beaumont, Freeport, Houston, Pasadena and Port Arthur and their family members participated in the Run + Walk, which helps raise awareness and funds for the Be The Match bone-marrow registry.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $19.3 billion in 2013. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us .
At BASF, we create chemistry – and have been doing so for 150 years. Our portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. As the world’s leading chemical company, we combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation, we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF had sales of about €74 billion in 2013 and over 112,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at www.basf.com .
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