Run held to help find bone marrow match for girl - Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 News

Run held to help find bone marrow match for girl

Posted: Updated:
Valaria Fenderson (left) and her mother, Cemeca Wright (right) have been on a campaign to find a bone marrow match Valaria Fenderson (left) and her mother, Cemeca Wright (right) have been on a campaign to find a bone marrow match
ATLANTA -

Hundreds turned out for a 5K run at Piedmont Park on Monday to help a 12-year-old girl with sickle cell anemia.

Valaria Fenderson and her mother have been on a campaign to find a bone marrow match for her while also trying to help others who need a match.

Cameca Wright said that her daughter has been in out of the hospital. Her latest stint was on Friday.

"I can't stay out in cold for a long time.  I can't be in the heat for a long time. I can't run a lot. Just have to keep drinking water.  It's basically a lot that other normal children that I can't do, that they do," said Valaria.

Wright said her daughter was very excited about the "Let Free Run" MLK Day 5K held on Monday.

"She is positive, but… the wintertime is not our time of the year because of the weather changes and things of that nature. But for the most part her spirits are up and she is very excited about today," Wright.

The mother-daughter duo has been working nonstop to find a match for Valaria. The two have even setup a website valariafendersonfoundation.org for the public to keep up with her progress.

"It's helping other kids with sickle cell fight the disease. Just trying to do what I can do to help others and help myself," said Fenderson.

If you're interested in getting tested, visit beamatch.org.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Governor signs controversial gun bill into law

    Governor signs controversial gun bill into law

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:47 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:47:57 GMT
    A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered for Wednesday's bill signing in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.
    A few hundred gun rights advocates gathered for Wednesday's bill signing in Ellijay with top officials including House Speaker David Ralston and bill sponsor Rep. Rick Jasperse.
  • Man leads Rockdale Deputies on 100mph chase

    Man leads Rockdale Deputies on 100mph chase

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 3:20 PM EDT2014-04-23 19:20:03 GMT
    A South Carolina man fleeing from deputies crashed his car and had to be pulled from the wreckage after it burst into flames.
    A South Carolina man fleeing from deputies crashed his car and had to be pulled from the wreckage after it burst into flames.
  • Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Manchester High evacuated over 'text message' bomb threat

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:36:51 GMT
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
    Students at Manchester High School were evacuated from the building late Wednesday morning following a reported bomb threat.
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices