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Dawn Sudol

Dawn Sudol

Dear Friends,

As you all know, I will be participating in the Virgin Money London Marathon on April 23, 2017 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

Up-Date: It's been awhile since I've last updated my progress raising money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation! I've been very busy with life--traveling to Tokyo, running a marathon, work, training, etc., that I haven't been as diligent about my charity work as I should be. Tokyo was AMAZING and I had a great run despite my GPS watch not picking up a good signal. I'll write about Tokyo soon :) Thank you to those who have donated thus far, thank you for all your help and generosity--makes me appreciate how lucky I am to have friends and family all over the world who care about me and support me in every aspect of my life!

I have GREAT news! I have set up a guest bartending charity night at the Cottage Hotel on April 4, 2017 from 7-9 to raise as much money as I can for the MMRF--so make sure you mark your calendars!!!

My goal is to raise $3,000 by the end of March before this charity event!

For those who know me very well, know that if I could choose to be anyone in this world, it would be Ellen DeGeneres--the most genuine and most charitable person in the world. I aspire to be a philanthropist, like Ellen and my life-long mentor and high school cross-country Coach, Hank Birdsall, who both epitomize gratefulness and cordiality, that someday, I wish to embody.

As I was looking into Charities for the 2017 London Marathon, I came across the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), and I immediately applied. I have a dear friend who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM), many years ago and would do anything to help him out. I met my friend, Bill Clay in 2008 when I was bartending in college at Hairy Tony's in Cortland, NY. When I met Bill, i thought of him as an eccentric, odd customer who always ordered a pink lemonade or "rut" beer--WITHOUT a straw! He always joked and ALWAYS made sure the entire bar staff and waitresses were safe. When I closed the bar at 2am on my own, he always made sure that I was safe and stayed if there was no one else around. He became a good friend and someone who I could count on. When Bill found out that he was diagnosed with MM, he joked and said, "You know, I'm NO spring chicken." I chuckled but was immediately saddened because I didn't know how serious the cancer was. Bill is currently undergoing chemo, 21 days on and 7 days off. We talked the other day and he told me, " I got a new leg bone, 1/2 a jaw bone, a new hip, and had 2 ribs taken out." He seemed to be in good spirits and even told me he was able to ride 10 miles on the bike. Hearing that made my heart smile. Bill has been through a lot in his life and raising money to support him and those who are affected by MM, mean the world to me.

Raising money for this cause is minute compared to what Bill and others go through on a daily basis. I would love for Bill and others who are affected with MM, to live normal, healthy lives, and hope that the money raised for research will someday soon, find a cure!

The work ahead of me? Race 26.2 miles and raise at least $4,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.

Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, sadly, has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. But while there is no cure, great progress is being made.

In fact, thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the world's leading private funder of myeloma research, the FDA has approved TEN new treatments in the last 12 years – a track record that's unparalleled in the world of oncology. These drugs have almost tripled the lifespan of myeloma patients. And now the MMRF is funding 21 additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to tens of thousands of patients and their families.

Along with raising money for this amazing cause--I am excited to share with you that this will be my 6th of the 6 World Marathon Majors! London will be my 24th Marathon. Raising money and working towards my goals makes me happy because I am able to help raise money in the fight against multiple myeloma while following my heart and living my dreams. I know raising $4,000 will be challenging but I am ready to begin the quest. People constantly ask: why would I accept such challenges that would take lots of time and energy? The answer- because the work I put in represents an opportunity for growth.
The Goal: Raise $4,000 for the MMRF! 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. Please support my participation in the Virgin Money London Marathon benefiting the MMRF.

Best Regards,




raised of $4,000 goal


1. KSKatharine Sturman
2. PWPaul Whitbeck
3. MDMary Delton
Go Dawn!
4. NVNaomi Vaber
5. JMJohn Markiewicz
6. SBSusan Bozzelli

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