I will be participating in the 2017 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on March 19, 2017 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. I will be running for my mom, who as most of you know, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2013. The race ahead of me is 13.1 miles and training for this event will most definitely be a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by her, as well as the many other patients diagnosed with this disease.
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 Goal: Raise $5,000 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 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $5,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can as it all adds up! Together we can help raise awareness and get one step closer to finding a cure for this disease.
Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!