Krysta and I are participating in the 2017 Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek in February 2017 to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures!
We are both alumni of MCPHS University - Krysta DHY '14 and Nick PharmD '15. As young health care professionals, we are constantly working towards a better future for our patients. We are constantly striving for a better and healthier life for those impacted by this disease. Although not all of our work focuses on multiple myeloma, the disease has impacted a lot of those we work with (family members, friends, loved ones). We aspire to cure MM!
The work ahead of us? Conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro with the team and fundraise $20,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
Why are we doing this? We will be hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in memory of my Mother's dear friend, Judy Joy (pictured above), who has since passed away as a result of multiple myeloma in 2013 at the young age of 49. She was a mother of four, teacher, author with 2 science fiction publications, friend, and wife. She had a great passion for music, singing at her church and performing in many theatrical productions since attending Cony high school in Augusta, Maine. Krysta and I will be carrying a picture of her to the summit to take her on this journey and allow her memory to reach as many corners of the world as possible.
We will also be hiking in memory of Fred D'Angelo Sr. A family friend that has since passed away from the disease. We will be carrying a picture of Fred in our packs and will have his name written on our packs.
What is 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. It was estimated that 26,850 new cases of Multiple Myeloma (MM) were diagnosed and 11,240 deaths occurred in 2015 alone. That is 11,240 people who may never get to attempt hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro or, for that matter, hike at all.
While there is no cure, great progress is being made. We aspire to cure cancer!
One team! One Mountain! One Summit!
Here is a video from last year's hike to show you what we are about to go through! It is an amazing journey! youtube.com/watch?v=OJngowb10-8&feature=youtu.be&fb_ref=Default&fb_source=message