Annamarie & JP Kealy
Dear Friends and Family,
It's hard to believe it's been 3 years since JP was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. It has certainly been a challenging and stressful time, but we feel confident that JP will go into a long remission. He started a triple combo of chemo and steroids in November 2016 and he had a 90% reduction in his "M" protein. In April, JP received an autologous stem cell transplant at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York with minimal side effects and was discharged 13 days post transplant! The doctors and nurses were so impressed as he walked the halls 2-3 miles everyday! He was an amazing patient and his strength and determination carried him through. He is already back to work and living life! We returned to Mt. Sinai in July(90 days post transplant) where JP will repeated all of his initial testing (biopsy, PET scan, bloodwork etc) and he was re-staged. We received the best news that he is in COMPLETE REMISSION! Words cannot describe our joy!
The MMRF has been an incredible resource for us and has given us so much hope. We decided to apply to Mt. Everest Base Camp/Katapathhar becasue we want to be a part of the extraordinary journey with other MM patients, doctors and caregivers. We hope to raise awareness and funds to ultimately find a cure! We are a patient/caregiver team because JP and I have been a united front from day one and we feel it's important to share this experience together. We are incredibly excited to take this challenge with 16 other participants whom I know will inspire us both. We feel honored to be a part of Moving Mountains for Myeloma!
The trek will be a challenge but well worth it. We have a big fundraising goal and we thank you in advance for your help. 100% of your donation goes to the MMRF to fund research. We are blessed with WONDERFUL friends and family and we could not do this without your continued love and support. Together we will find a cure.
Thanks as always and remember we are JP STRONG!
The work ahead of us? Climb 18,519 feet above sea level to the 'front door' of the tallest mountain in the world and raise at least $60,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with 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.
The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. 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 Everest Base Came/Kalapathhar Trek benefiting the MMRF. We have made a commitment to raise at least $60,000, and we 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.
With love and thanks,
JP and Annamarie
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