I will be participating in the February, 2017 Mt. Kilimanjaro Trek as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. We are a team of 16, including friends, family, researchers and patients.
The work ahead of me? Climb to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro at over 19,300 feet, and raise at least $19,300 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, including FOUR in just the past 18 months – 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 over 20 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 Kilimanjaro trek benefiting the MMRF. I hope you join me and my family in contributing.