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Help me get to the bottom of Mount Everest!

Joel Topf

Joel Topf

Dear Friends and Family,

I know everybody else dreams of the top, but I’m the kind of kid that when my dad asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I told him “co-pilot.”

In the spirit of wanting to be a co-pilot, I am now aspiring to get to the bottom of Everest, AKA Basecamp, elevation 18,500 feet. Keep in mind that non-pressurized aircraft are limited to a maximum altitude of 12,500 feet.

I am part of an expedition for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Why is a nephrologist working with the myeloma foundation? Well besides the obvious, I get to go to Mount fricking Everest, multiple myeloma plays a constant and recurring role in my job as a kidney doctor. One of the first symptoms of multiple myeloma can be foamy urine. The foam is from protein and these patients are often referred to me. My job puts me right at the beginning of the long journey of myeloma. I am the person that explains that those bubbles in the urine were actually serious, and that they have cancer. Unfortunately, the protein also can also clog up the kidney and many of these patients ultimately require dialysis during their treatment. So again I get to play a role in the lives of these patients.

There have been tremendous advances in myeloma therapy during my career. Outside of HIV, no other deadly disease has seen such impressive gains during my career. One of the reasons for this is the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The MMRF is an amazing organization that has invigorated myeloma research and helped bring 10 myeloma drugs to market.

I am asking you to help me raise $10,000 for the MMRF. The whole Everest trip is funded by a grant from Takeda Oncology, so none of your donations will be buying my ramen, it all goes to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator for the last 11 years).

I’m asking you to make a donation.
Help me get to the bottom of Everest.


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raised of $14,000 goal


1. OFOsvaldo Friger
2. CLCraig Lash
3. ASAnthony Silber
4. AZArlene Zoscak
Amazing feat!
5. PWPeter Walocko
6. DDavid Blau
Great work and great cause.

moving mountains for multiple myeloma partners