Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you know, in 2013 I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM). After three compression fractures in my spine, back surgery, a stem cell transplant, and a whole lot of hard work, I am thankful to say that I am in remission. But there are thousands of patients just like me who are fighting this incurable cancer and we need your help!
I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program in March 2018 by climbing to Everest Base Camp to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.
The work ahead of me? Climb 18,519 feet above sea level to the 'front door' of the tallest mountain in the world and raise $20,000 for the MMRF.
For those of you unfamiliar, Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. While there is no cure at this time, great progress is being made.
Thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the world's leading private funder of myeloma research, MMRF is helping to conduct the research needed to help find the latest treatments to get more people in remission.
Through MMRF work, the FDA has approved 10 new treatments, including FOUR in just the past 18 months – a track record that's unparalleled in the world of oncology. These drugs have tripled the lifespan of myeloma patients after diagnosis. 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.
Many of you who know me well, know that I enjoy a good challenge. This is no exception. This unique opportunity represents what could be one of the most impactful and meaningful moments of my life.
I ask you to please support my participation in the Everest Base Camp Trek benefiting the MMRF. An outstanding 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming.
I hope you will join me in supporting this event so that we can work together to help fight against MM. Contribute whatever you can - every donation is one step closer to finding a cure! I cannot tell you how much your support means to me, and how much it is appreciated by everyone affected by Multiple Myeloma.
**Want to double your impact - inquire if your company matches your charitable donations and submit your donation information through your company's portal or HR to receive a match! Forward me your confirmation email and I can get your match added to my fundraising total!