History of MOTM

The first-ever Marrow On The Move™ celebration was held on July 30th, 2016 at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis, MN. We had more than 500 participants take part in this successful event and raised $60,000 for blood and marrow transplant (BMT) research! Highlights of the 2016 event included inspiring testimonials from transplant survivors and a keynote address by Dr. Daniel Weisdorf, Director of the University of Minnesota Adult BMT Program.

Dr. Weisdorf told the audience, "Our transplant community is stronger, and our resolve is strengthened when we join our efforts and our hearts to help tomorrow's patients and their families. Our commitment to BMT research honors those who've come through transplant therapy successfully. And our efforts to ensure that others have a more successful journey honors the memory of those we've all lost."

Hundreds of families and friends enjoyed a day full of activities at the 1st annual Marrow On The Move™. Cyclists, runners, and walkers enjoyed beautiful weather and views of Lake Nokomis. Other highlights of the day included a family fun tot trot, large bone marrow tunnel, and a guest appearance by Goldie Gopher, who was a big hit with kids of all ages!

We are incredibly thankful to our sponsors and volunteers who helped make the day's events a tremendous success!

Research Awardees


  • Dr. Najla El Jurdi
    "Skin Graft-versus-Host Disease and Host Antimicrobial Defense Peptides: Identifying Key Mechanisms Orchestrating Mucosal Barrier Dysfunction and Microbial Dysbiosis"


  • Drs. Mukta Arora and Todd DeFor
    "Improving outcomes in elderly allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients"
  • Dr. Shernan Holtan
    "Improving self-efficacy and resolving inflammation in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant survivors through personalized strength programming: A pilot study"
  • Dr. Armin Rashidi
    "Serum biomarkers of gut barrier radio-sensitivity to predict bloodstream infection in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant recipients receiving high-dose total body irradiation-based conditioning"


  • Dr. Veronika Bachanova
    "Genetic characterization of Ph-like ALL in patients relapsing after allogeneic HCT"
  • Dr. Nelli Bejanyan
    "Virus-specific immune cell reconstitution after reduced intensity conditioning double umbilical cord blood and matched sibling donor peripheral blood hematopoietic cell transplantation"
  • Dr. Shernan Holtan
    "Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Signaling in Acute GVHD: Hot or Not?"
  • Dr. Armin Rashidi
    "Association between TNFa rs361525 polymorphism and grade II-IV acute Graft-versus-host disease"