What Is Aplastic Anemia
Aplastic Anemia occurs when the bone marrow stops making enough blood-forming stem cells. Patients with aplastic anemia typically have low blood cell counts in all three blood lines – red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Upon examination, the bone marrow is found to be hypoplastic or aplastic, meaning low growth or no growth of blood-forming stem cells.
"I created this event because I wanted to directly impact research to force a change to a 30 year old, outdated treatment. In 2013, my dream came true by establishing this Fund at the Emory University School of Medicine|Dept. of Hematology and Medical Oncology, in honor of my bride Kelly. Net proceeds raised from the Jackson County Brevet are donated this Fund.
The KELLY WILHITE APLASTIC ANEMIA RESEARCH FUND at Emory University
An unprecedented $0.90 of every $1.00 donated to Emory University goes DIRECTLY to clinical research.
This would have never happened without the overwhelming team support from the cycling community, our volunteers and our sponsors. I am truly indebted to everyone." - Robert W., Founder
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OLIVIA RAE OUIMET
In 2014, 9-yr old Olivia, was suffering from severe Aplastic Anemia. Unfortunately, she fought but her body gave out and lost that battle on November 21, 2014.
Her parents, Chris (Ride Director) and Leigh (Social Media Director)) spearheaded our 501c3 non-profit status, and established the Olivia Rae's Love Your Happy Days Foundation, honoring Olivia's favorite saying.
Our desire, along with his family, is to keep her memory alive thru this event. Now, more than ever, the passion to keep this event ongoing, is stronger than ever.