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The need for a bone marrow transplant for a Southern Maryland honor roll student sparked the idea from Charles County PanHellenic Council to hold a 5K run and walk on her behalf.

The event brought out scores of members from the Greek community and other organizations to run and walk on a brisk Saturday morning at the Indian Head Rail Trail on April 20.

Sponsors, participants, families and friends gathered to raise funds for 13-year-old Kaitlyn Adams, who has sickle cell anemia. Kaitlyn joined the festivities, having recently been released from the hospital after one of her many necessary trips there to keep the disease under control.

Among the groups participating were Top Teens of America’s Southern Maryland chapter, Young Ladies for Christ from Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities; and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Zeta Phi Beta sororities.

Runners and walkers paid a fee to participate and raised money from donors who sponsored their efforts. Water and energy bars were handed out by the nonrunners and nonwalkers, who cheered on the more active participants. Commemorative T-shirts and bracelets were sold to contribute to the fundraising coffers, which swelled by more than $5,000 thanks to the more than 100 people at the event. A bone marrow transplant is the next step in a medical regimen that could lead to a cure for the insidious and painful sickle-cell anemia. You can donate and learn more about Kaitlyn and the potentially life-saving procedure by visiting

Linda Gravely, Waldorf

The author is writing on behalf of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Nu Zeta Omega chapter.