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Matt Goldman

Dear Friends and Family,

I am honored and humbled to be one of 6 patients selected to be on a 16 person team that will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro beginning February 17th, 2017 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

Dear Friends and Family,

I am honored and humbled to be one of 6 patients selected to be on a 16 person team that will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro beginning February 17th, 2017 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania Africa, is the highest free standing mountain in the world. The team will be on an 11 day journey, climbing through 5 ecosystems, facing high elevations, low temperatures and occasional high winds. We are all climbing in order to help find a cure for multiple myeloma, the second most common form of blood cancer.

I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in May 2011. Multiple myeloma is incurable and has one of the lowest five-year survival rates of all cancers. Recent advances in treatment have helped patients extend their lives and lead active and productive lives. Nonetheless, a cure does not exist.

In the five plus years since my diagnosis, I've done 6 different treatment regimens and have been doing non-stop chemo. Nonetheless I am surviving and thriving. The challenge of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is important for the myeloma cause and for me personally. I am also using this climb to honor and celebrate friends who have lost their fight with myeloma.

The work ahead of me? Climb 19,341 ft above sea level and raise at least $14,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge but is nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients and families impacted by myeloma.

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.

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 $14,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!

Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization.

Thanks! Matt

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$16,117
raised of $17,000 goal
 

Recent Donations

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1. MAMarlene Dalton Adams
You did it!!!!!!! I got to read your blogs and the blogs of as many of your fellow travelers as I could find. I was very stunned when you said you were going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and I am still stunned, but glad and happy you did it!!!!!!!!
2. EDEllyn Daniels
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3. GCGloria Cordero
The Cordero Family is with you in spirit as you journey up the mountain! Enjoy and Celebrate!
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4. AYAllison Yoh
Good luck, Matt! Climb on my friend. Straight to the top.
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5. JHJolene Hayes
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6. UUna V.
Hello from Alberta, Canada! I follow your blog as my mother is a Myeloma Fighter! Your truly an inspiration and wishing you all the best in your journey!

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