Dear Friends and Family and Colleagues:
As many of you know I was diagnosed with stage 2 multiple myeloma in December 2016. I have made steady progress with my treatment and I am involved with a clinical trial that has come out of the work done at the MMRF. Due to the advanced treatments I am still able to work full time, be involved with my family and continue to enjoy life. The therapy has also now placed me into a very good place clinically with no evidence of
disease in my bone marrow
I am so grateful for the MMRF that I am participating in a unique fundraiser.
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 $85,000 for the MMRF.
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.
The Goal: Raise $100,000 for the MMRF's life-extending cancer research! The fundraising all goes towards new research - NONE of the money goes towards the trip expenses
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 take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization. These are the very people and real research that is going to help keep me alive for many years to come.
ben and katie