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American Motocross/Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath has announced that all of his profits from the sales of Jeremy McGrath's Offroad will be donated to the U.S. National Marrow Donor Program via website Bethematch.org.
The site holds a personal meaning for McGrath, whose wife Kim had been recently been diagnosed with leukaemia, just two years after beating breast cancer. Thanks to the efforts of Bethematch.org, Kim was able to find a much-needed marrow donor which means her chances of recovery are now much higher.
Following Kim's diagnosis, the family focussed on helping her recover. Her treatment plan included chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant - Jeremy organised fundraisers and marrow drives, raising more than a quarter of a million dollars. Even more exciting: His actions lead to more than 4,000 people being tested for potential inclusion in the national Registry.
Jeremy has set up the Team Kim Facebook page. He says:
First, thank you again to everyone who has helped, donated, gotten tested and sent well-wishes to our family. Your responses to my initial call to action have been incredible and the support and love just seems to continue to pour in. The fact that Kim found a match is really great news for us, but it is our hope that people will still get tested and join the Be the Match Registry. I would also ask that companies that have charitable donation programs and those in the position to do something, please think about making a donation to Be The Match at any time throughout the year. This organization provides a service that literally saves lives every day of the year...it's pretty amazing.
Jeremy McGrath's Offroad was released just a few weeks ago for both Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network, and even if you're not into this fun style of dirty racing, you might consider picking up the game just for the donation to Bethematch.org (or you could donate something yourself! That'd be great!).
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