The project will raise $5 for every $15 wreath sold to benefit the Be The Match organization.
The Minneapolis-based Be The Match Foundation has played a key role in the Kendall and Maxson families’ lives via its registry to connect blood cancer patients needing a bone marrow transplant. The registry includes people who have been swabbed to be a bone marrow donor.
Lisa Kendall Maxson underwent a stem cell transplant with help of the organization in 2011 after diagnosis with acute myeloid leukemia. The family has been involved with Be The Match in the years following.
Kendall said a local resident had started the Riverside Cemetery wreaths project but was unable to move forward with its introduction and implementation.
“I was talking to a guy who said he couldn’t do it now and they were hoping to find someone. I said we would take it on,” he said. “It is a good thing.”
They are finalizing materials to promote the project and will be taking with veterans’ organizations and making presentations this month to service clubs and others to raise funds needed. Maddie Maxson will be coordinating volunteers, including high school students.
More information on the local effort is available at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/OH0339P. More information on the broader Wreaths Across America program can be found at www.wreathacrossamerica.org or 877-385-9504.
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