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Sep182013

Wurst Festival Ever Selects Michigan Blood as Charity Partner

Percent of ‘Everybody Run, It’s a Blood Bath!’ 5K Fun Run Proceeds to Offset
Adding More Potential Bone Marrow Donors to National Be The Match Registry®  

 

Jeff Lenhart, owner of the New Salem Corn Maze, knows how to throw a party – even if it is called the Wurst Festival Ever.  Lenhart is the brainchild behind this annual event held at his Corn Maze, located at 4516 24th Street in Dorr.  This year’s festival runs Friday-Sunday, September 27-29th, and includes live music, brats and beverages, hot air balloons, farm animals, pumpkins, a bouncy house, train and hay rides,  a wiener dog race, Oktoberfest/German food,  and a haunted woods and corn maze – with zombies lurking – and a 5k fun run.  

And with zombies, comes ‘blood,’ and the idea to add a charity partner.  Enter Michigan Blood and its Stem Cell Programs.  A portion of the entry proceeds for the ‘Everybody Run, It’s a Blood Bath!” 5K Fun Run on September 28th at 9 AM will benefit tissue testing costs of the program.  Lenhart explains: “We’ve been doing this Wurst Festival Ever for 4 years now.  We thought we should add a new element and use this addition to benefit Michigan Blood. I’ve learned a lot about what they do at Michigan Blood Stem Cell Programs to offer lifesaving treatments for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and 70+ other blood related diseases and I look forward to the chance to contribute to such a great cause.” 

The cost to enter is $25 and includes a t-shirt and free entry to the Wurst Festival ($5 value).  Ryan Heinhuis, MPH, a recruiter for the programs, notes: “As a regional chapter of the Be The Match Registry, Michigan Blood is committed to adding new potential bone marrow donors to the Registry. Each of these potential donors has the chance to then be called to save a life. It costs roughly $100 to add one new donor to the Registry as a result of tissue-type testing fees. Charity partnerships like that with the Wurst Festival Ever make it possible to continue our lifesaving mission. We are very thankful to The Lenhart Family for this opportunity. It’s going to be a riot!”

The event is a fun run and obstacle course. Runners will pass Witch Mountain, The Witch’s Web, and jump through the Witches Wheels of Misfortune. Those interested can register online at www.withchesofnewsalem.com

Questions about the National Marrow Donor Program and Be the Match Registry should be directed to Ryan Heinhuis at 616-233-8678 or rheinhuis@miblood.org.