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S. Paul Shand

S. Paul Shand

Dear Family and Friends,

This is the second year that I am dedicating this Ironman to my wife's Uncle Paul. Paul learned of his multiple myeloma in November, 2014. An athlete and competitor all of his life, he continues to train and run at the age of 59 so that he can stay competitive on the lacrosse field and play the game he loves so dearly. In the spring of 2014, Paul experienced physical setbacks while training for the Philadelphia Broad Street Run. The setbacks were severe and he could not work through them. Due to family history, he suspected cardiac issues but extensive testing ruled out heart problems. Blood test revealed severe anemia. Worse, the anemia was merely a symptom of a more significant problem. Multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer that affects the plasma cells in the bone marrow and can cause anemia.

Today, Paul is a survivor but his survival is not as he had first imagined. He entered his battle with cancer with a rather cavalier attitude. He was strong, independent, and a force with which to be reckoned. It would take more than cancer to knock him down. He was mistaken. Paul's strength gave out even before the real battle had begun and it was others that picked him up and carried him forward. Today, he describes his journey as "learning to fall." The chemotherapy promoted peripheral neuropathy. He experienced aggravating nerve pain in his legs, ubiquitous discomfort, and agonizing reversals of spirit. He wallowed in the misery for a short while then, with significant assistance from family, he gathered himself together and got back to living.

Paul received an autologous stem cell transplant at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in April, 2015. Today, he is on maintenance therapy and receives a chemo injection (Velcade) every two weeks. Because his "flavor" of multiple myeloma includes t(4;14) transmutation (or translocation), his prognosis is considered to be more unfavorable that other MM patients. 15% of MM patients share his mutation and they are considered to be at higher risk of relapse than are other MMers. MMRF has been a key player in devising the state of the art care Paul has received. When a cure is found, MMRF will have played a major role in saving his life.

The funds I raise here ensure the cure will arrive in time for Uncle Paul.

"Every man dies, not every man really lives." - William Wallace, Braveheart

Comments

$13,230
raised of $15,000 goal
 

Donations

$500.00
1. LWLaura Woodward
Running behind as usual! We send Paul, Lee and family all our love and prayers. The Woodward Family
$50.00
2. CAColleen Allegretti
You are amazing! Good luck! Have fun! Sending love and strength! -Colleen & Peter
$100.00
3. BBrandon & Mandi Embreus
$50.00
4. MRMark Robbins
$100.00
5. ALAlexandra Lamparski
$100.00
6. MOMary O'Connell

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