Dear Friends and Family,
This May I will hike the Grand Canyon to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. As many of you know, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2013. I am taking on this challenge to show how the progress made in the treatment of Multiple Myeloma has allowed me to enjoy an active and full life.
But the work in treating this disease is far from over. Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, sadly, has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers. While there is no cure, great progress is being made.
Thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the world's leading private funder of Myeloma research, the FDA has approved TEN new treatments, including FOUR in just the past 18 months – a track record that's unparalleled in the world of oncology. These drugs have tripled the lifespan of myeloma patients after diagnosis. And now the MMRF is funding over 20 additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to tens of thousands of patients and their families.
The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. 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.
I am participating in this event with my friend, Stacy, who is a biologist and professor working in the field of cancer research including Multiple Myeloma. I have been so lucky to have Stacy as a supportive friend who is so passionate about fighting cancer. She has inspired me to contribute to the effort of the MMRF to find a cure.
The work ahead of me? Hike into and out of the Grand Canyon via the Bright Angel Trail and raise money and awareness about Multiple Myeloma. With over 4,300 feet of vertical hiking down (and then UP) completed in one day, this trek also adds the obstacle of altitude and temperature change. While it might be a comfortable 75 degrees at the top of the rim at the 7 AM departure, we will encounter heat reaching 100+ degrees in the depths of the canyon. Training for this event is a big challenge, and I'm on it.
Please support my participation in the Grand Canyon Trek. Your contributions support a game-changing cancer organization that is helping extend the lives of patients like me.
**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!