Dear Family and Friends,
I will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro this February as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. We are 16 strong; that's us in Colorado this past summer on a practice climb.
An 8 day non-technical 32 mile hike at altitude. At 19,341 ft Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa. The trailhead is at about 6,000 ft, so we have 13,000+ ft of vertical ahead of us. We will take 5 days to reach our camp below the summit, slowly acclimating along the way. Summit day is a knee killer; 3,000 vertical ft to the summit followed by a 9,000 ft descent. That's what we call a big day.
Have 100 donors contribute to the MMRF
The Payoff for donating:
A personalized summit thank you photo, which I'm sure will occupy a prominent place on your mantle for years to come.
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.
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 for folks like me. And now the MMRF is funding 21 additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to me and the 25,000 annually diagnosed 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.
Please support my participation in the Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $10,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!
You guys rock!