Seven years later, Grapa, 26, has beaten the disease and persuaded her mother, Laatsch, 48, to hike coast-to-coast with her to raise awareness of bone marrow diseases and funds for patient education and research.
HBC joined forces with the Teleton for a 27-hour broadcasting marathon, geared at raising desperately needed funds for the children in Mexico who suffer from life-threatening diseases and debilitating conditions which include cerebral palsy, therapy for bone marrow diseases, early stimulation amputees and, genetic and congenital diseases, and spinal injuries.
Women's World Cup champions and Olympic Gold Medallists Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly teamed up with Pfizer Inc and the Groton Parks and Recreation Department (GPRD) today for an afternoon of soccer skills training to encourage youth participation in sports and raise awareness of bone marrow diseases.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Mia Hamm Soccer 64 will benefit the Mia Hamm Foundation, a non-profit, national organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for bone marrow diseases and to developing more opportunities for young women to participate in sports.
The Foundation provides life-saving assistance to patients and families battling bone marrow diseases by providing information about treatment options; clinical trials; medical experts and a patient network.