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Everest Basecamp Trek

Mark Herkert

Mark Herkert

Dear Friends and Family,

I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program in March 2018 by climbing to Everest Base Camp & Kalapathhar (a small peak with great views of Everest) to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures (that's a mouthful!). We will take 9 days to trek and climb to 18,519' to the base of Everest (at 29,028' the tallest mountain in the world). Our team has already raised over $300,000, and my personal goal is to raise $20,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event keeps me running and biking thru the 45 degree rainy Seattle winter.

Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer but has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. While there is no cure, great progress is being made. 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. Currently the MMRF is funding over 20 additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to me and tens of thousands of patients and their families.

My 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 Everest Base Came/Kalapathhar Trek benefiting the MMRF by contributing whatever you can. It all adds up!


**Want to double your impact - inquire if your company matches your charitable donations and submit your donation information through your company's portal or HR to receive a match! Forward me your confirmation email and I can get your match added to my fundraising total!



raised of $20,000 goal


1. JBJames Brophy
I'm so happy to see that you made this trek! Coming down is not optional... Hope it was worth the wait and everything u imagined. Broph
2. FFred Pierce
3. GGould Family
Mark, what you're doing for yourself, your family and MMRF is phenomenal. Let's find the cure! Have a great climb!
4. ?Anonymous
5. MMatching Gift - Kuykendall
6. JWJill Wenzel
I’m continually amazed by your undaunted spirit and dedication! I’m sure you’ll conquer this climb with your usual aplomb!

moving mountains for multiple myeloma partners