Charity sprint raises money for bone marrow registry

Cayman Islands Cancer Society Director Betty Ann Duty, left, receives a check from Intertrust’s Ryan Schroeder and Keisha James.

A debate over who is Intertrust’s fastest employee led to an impromptu 100-meter dash that raised more than $3,000 for Cayman’s bone marrow registry.

Each of the sprinters had selected a charity to support, according to a press release from the company.

Keisha James, the runner who raised the most among the seven sprinters who took part, presented the check to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society last week for the Eve Flowers Bone Marrow Fund.

Over seven hours leading up to the race, each participant solicited family, friends and colleagues for donations in the name of their chosen charity. The person who raised the most money won the entire amount collected for their charity of choice.

The race took place on Sept. 23 at the company’s parking lot after accurately measuring out a straight 100 meter stretch, with Cristian Castro winning the title of Intertrust’s fastest sprinter.

The runners raised about $1,500, with Ms. James raising $750 of that amount.

Intertrust director and event organizer Ryan Schroeder and director Christopher Smith each agreed to personally match the highest amount of money raised by a participant, bringing the total to $3,000.92.

“The fund was set up in memory of the late Eve Flowers who, after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, was unable to find a bone marrow match because people of Caribbean descent are underrepresented in bone marrow registries across the world and the likelihood of finding a match is slim to none,” according to the press release.

Betty Ann Duty, who received the donation on behalf of the Cancer Society, said, “The money will be used to register potential matches with the Caribbean Bone Marrow registry and will help save lives.”


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