Dear Friends and Family,
May 4, 2016 changed my life. That day I walked into Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte, NC and was diagnosed with Smoldering Multiple Myeloma (SMM). SMM is sort of a “pre cancerous” stage of Multiple Myeloma. Our life came to a screeching halt as we faced the options and this life changing hurdle. However, Cindy and I both knew God’s Grace was bigger!
Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, sadly, has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers. But while there is no cure, great progress is being made. In fact, my prognosis continues to improve as my body has been very responsive to treatment!
I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) program in March 2018 by climbing to Mt. Everest Base Camp & Kalapathhar in Nepal, to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.
It is with great adoration and humility that I will dedicate these efforts to the memory of Cecil Geer. Cecil was a dear friend of our family who also battled Multiple Myeloma. Unfortunately, Cecil passed away on October 31, 2016. His memory and impact on our town of Forest City, NC will never be forgotten.
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 at least $10,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
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 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, including mine as I am a recipient of one of these treatment plans!
The Goal: Raise $20,000 for the MMRF's life-extending cancer research!
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 Mt. Everest Base Came/Kalapathhar Trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $10,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!
Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization.