Run held to help find bone marrow match for girl - New York News

Run held to help find bone marrow match for girl

Posted: Updated:
Valaria Fenderson (left) and her mother, Cemeca Wright (right) have been on a campaign to find a bone marrow match Valaria Fenderson (left) and her mother, Cemeca Wright (right) have been on a campaign to find a bone marrow match
ATLANTA -

Hundreds turned out for a 5K run at Piedmont Park on Monday to help a 12-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia.

Valaria Fenderson and her mother have been on a campaign to find a bone marrow match for her while also trying to help others who need a match.

Cameca Wright said that her daughter has been in out of the hospital. Her latest stint was on Friday.

"I can't stay out in cold for a long time.  I can't be in the heat for a long time. I can't run a lot. Just have to keep drinking water.  It's basically a lot that other normal children that I can't do, that they do," said Valaria.

Wright said her daughter was very excited about the "Let Free Run" MLK Day 5K held on Monday.

"She is positive, but… the wintertime is not our time of the year because of the weather changes and things of that nature. But for the most part her spirits are up and she is very excited about today," Wright.

The mother-daughter duo has been working nonstop to find a match for Valaria. The two have even setup a website valariafendersonfoundation.org for the public to keep up with her progress.

"It's helping other kids with sickle cell fight the disease. Just trying to do what I can do to help others and help myself," said Fenderson.

If you're interested in getting tested, visit beamatch.org.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended

    Contract talks in Met Opera labor dispute extended

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:55 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:55:06 GMT
    A federal mediator is on her way to New York to try to resolve a labor faceoff at New York's Metropolitan Opera.
    New York's Metropolitan Opera says labor talks with its unions have been extended for an additional 72 hours, averting a threatened midnight lockout.
  • New York's smallest piece of private land

    New York's smallest piece of private land

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-08-01 09:45:15 GMT
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
    The Hess triangle is a tiny piece of private property in Greenwich Village. Manhattan historian Joyce Gold explained the origins of the property: After World War I, New York City seized a beautiful residence and tore it down so it could extend Seventh Avenue and the west side subway below it. The city left the building's owner only a tiny scrap of property so small it requested he donate the triangle to make way for a sidewalk. The man refused, took the city to court and won.
  • Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Runners of 3,100-mile race in Queens seek spiritual experience

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:26:44 GMT
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
    Since mid-June, 14 runners have been on a mission that is spiritual at its core. They are running the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race in Jamaica, Queens. Spiritual leader and former Queens resident Sri Chimnoy, who died in 2007, created the race, which lasts 52 days.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices