Dear Friends, Family and anyone that aspires to cure cancer,
For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Ryan Wade – I’m 40 years old and living just west of Boston, MA. I’m an avid hiker with a childhood obsession of Mt. Everest. I’ve been fascinated by the mountain since reading Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air when I was in high school.
For much of the past 8 years I’ve worked at Takeda Oncology and been surrounded by like-minded colleagues who are driven to find a cure for cancer. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to meet people living with multiple myeloma and help share their stories through the work that I do. I’ve participated in many fundraising events for cancer research in the past, but I never thought that my career and childhood obsession would come together on the same path to Everest Base Camp with Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (#MM4MM). Being able to raise funds and awareness for multiple myeloma AND see Everest in person is a dream come true!
I dedicate this climb to all those living with multiple myeloma and cancer, whose dreams are unreachable.
Raise $10,000 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s life-extending cancer research. With your help, I know that we can both achieve and surpass this goal. Please give generously and remember, 100% of the funds raised from Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma will go directly to the MMRF’s research to fast track cures.
Please take this opportunity to give and support this game-changing organization.
I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program in March 2018 by climbing to Everest Base Camp & Kalapathhar 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 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. Additionally, over the next year I will be liaising with the MMRF and CURE to help facilitate weekly meetings, ensuring that we surpass our fundraising goals.
What is 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 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.
About 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.
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