The race is this Sunday! Any little bit helps! Please help me get to $6,000 for this great cause! I am excited to be running through Central Park, down 7th Ave through Times Square, the banks of the Hudson, the Financial District to the Southside Seaport. But I am more excited to do something that makes a difference in the lives of so many people experiencing the same cancer that I am.
First of all, I am humbled and appreciative of all the donations to this point. Through the MMRF's efforts, my markers are moving in the right direction and that is a significant relief for me and my family. We still have a long way to go but have faith that things will continue to progress.
Any little bit is appreciated and helps prolong lives. That is not hyperbole! I am the benefactor of such treatment today. This could be a great use of some tax refund dollars! :-) Thanks so much for your consideration of donation and for your prayers. I need your help! Please also share with anyone you think may be interested!
I will be participating in the New York City Half Marathon on March 19, 2017 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.
The work ahead of me? Race 13.1 miles and raise at least $6,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma. I know this too well, because I am one. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in June of this year and have been undergoing RVD chemotherapy treatment since August. The prognosis is good but we have a long road ahead. Wendy, the kids and I are in a good place and know we are in Divine hands. I am not going to lie, the unknown is scary and your prayers are welcomed.
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. Just today I lost a "chemo friend" to the disease. A woman that I have sat with for 6 weeks supporting each other throughout our treatment. This is a nasty unforgiving cancer. 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 six new treatments, including two in just the past 24 months – a track record that's unparalleled in the world of oncology. These drugs have doubled 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 and now the Dow's!
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 New York City Half Marathon benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $6,000 (and would love to blow past that), and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up! I am a salesman at heart but it is hard asking friends for support. But this is different. I am engaged in something here that is well beyond my control. I have an abundance of faith and know God is in control but please know your donations will be used to find new treatments that can (and have already) prolonged lives.
Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization. Let's knock this thing out, and not just for me. Let's do it for all the lives and families that are affected by this type of cancer.
Kurt D. Dow