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Christopher’s Challenge Hike for Life
Christopher’s Challenge Hike for Life


Christopher’s Challenge will be hosting its 12th annual Hike for Life on Sunday, April 28th at Eastview Mall. The hike was started in memory of two brave men who lost their battles with cancer: Gene Martello, from Seneca Falls, and Tony Canali, from Canandaigua. Both men were dedicated supporters of Christopher’s Challenge and believed in the mission of getting more people typed to become potential bone marrow donors.

Tony Canali, a guidance counselor and rugby and indoor track coach for McQuaid Jesuit, lost his battle with AML Leukemia in 2009 on his 60th birthday. Gene Martello passed away in 2006 after a brave fight with multiple myeloma.

Participants in the Hike for Life collect pledges and take a hike around the inside of Eastview Mall. Upon completion prizes will be awarded to the school team, family and individual who raised the most money.

Proceeds from the Hike will benefit Christopher’s Challenge. The funds will be used to pay the $100 testing fees for people to be typed to become potential bone marrow donors through the Be the Match Registry. The money will also purchase items for the Bone Marrow Unit at Strong to help patients and their families.

Each year the event holds a bone marrow drive to type potential bone marrow donors. The drive will be held from 8:30am – 10:30am.

Hike for Life registration/pledge forms can be printed off at www.christopherschallenge.org. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in the food court at Eastview Mall and the Hike will start shortly thereafter at 9:00 am.


Sunday, April 28th, 2013


8:30am – Registration

9:00am – Hike


Eastview Mall in the Food Court

About Christopher’s Challenge:

Christopher’s Challenge is name and maintained in honor of Christopher Costello, a young man from Webster, who was suffering from leukemia and in need of a bone marrow transplant. On June 2, 1998, Chris received his life-saving bone marrow transplant at Strong Memorial Hospital and is free of leukemia. The purpose of Christopher’s Challenge is to pay for the typing of samples of individuals willing to become potential donors through the Be the Match Registry, as well as other costs associated with blood and marrow transplants. Over the past 14 years, Christopher’s Challenge has held numerous bone marrow drives and has typed over 6,000 people. More than 25 of those people became donors for patients in need of a bone marrow transplant and were able to give those people a second chance at life. More than $40,000 has been paid to support several patients. For more information on Christopher’s Challenge, visit their website at www.christopherschallenge.org.


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