Children being treated for blood cancer at Medical University Hospital will get a taste of hope Thursday.

A 5k run to raise awareness of the need for bone marrow donations is set for Saturday. The children are not strong enough to participate in that. So a Tot Run will be held on their hospital floor Thursday morning.

Several dozen children, their families and staff will run around the oncology floor as they are able from 11 a.m. to noon, said Ashley Collier, community representative for Be The Match, the state's bone marrow bank.

"It's a way the children to be involved," she said.

For every child that gets a bone marrow transplant, two more don't get one because a matching donor can't be found, Collier said.

The Match to Marrow 5K Run starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston. The entry fee is $25. Representatives will also be on hand to explain how to donate blood from which stem cells for bone marrow are harvested.

Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.