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Kathleen Kauffman

Dear Friends and Family,

May 7 is my 55th birthday and I am going to celebrate in a big way! I am hiking the Grand Canyon to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), the world's leading private funder of myeloma research. I would love for you to join my birthday celebration!

In May, I am hiking into and out of the Grand Canyon via the Bright Angel Trail as part of the Moving Mountains for Myeloma Program. My initial goal was to raise at least $3550 for the MMRF. Thanks to the incredible generosity of my fabulous family and friends, we are close to reaching $10,000, all of which goes directly to MMRF to support myeloma drug development.!! You are making it possible for me and others with myeloma to live active lives. Hiking in the Grand Canyon is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenge of developing treatments and a cure for multiple myeloma, the second most common form of blood cancer.

Thanks to new drugs developed as a result of MMRF's research funding, I am entering my fourth year of living with multiple myeloma. I participate in life every day -- walk with Sam, my black lab; attend Auburn football games and concerts with my husband, Clarence; play with my grandchildren (anticipating the arrival of another in July); spend time in Ohio and at the beach with family and friends; participate in church community outreach activities -- the list is long. If you would have told me early in my diagnosis that I would be doing these things, let alone, hiking the Grand Canyon, I would have said you were crazy!

Your donation to the MMRF is one of the best investments you will ever make. An outstanding 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming. And the MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the past eleven years in a row.

Please join me in my 55th birthday celebration by contributing to the MMRF. 100% of your donation goes directly to MMRF; no donations are used to cover the Grand Canyon Trek costs. With the participation of my wonderful family and friends, we have raised close to $10,000 so far. This allows me to increase my goal to $10,550! For those of you who have already made a donation, THANK YOU! Your generosity touches me deeply, as do your enouraging comments. For those of you considering a donation, please participate. Since I am turning 55, why not donate an amount with "55", like $25.50; $55; $100.55, or more! Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!

Thank you for your donation -- it is the best birthday present I have ever received!


**Want to double your impact? Inquire if your company matches your charitable donations and submit your donation information through your company's portal or HR to receive a match! Forward me your confirmation email and I can get your match added to my fundraising total!


raised of $10,550 goal

Recent Donations

1. CCheryl and Brent
Happy birthday, Kathleen...cheers to you!
2. KBKevin Borie
3. AAmy Wilson
We love you!!
4. SSuzanne and Tony Willoughby
Happy Birthday!!!
5. SSandy Thurmond
Happiest Birthday, Kathleen!! I am so proud of you.
6. KHKarl Hendrickson

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