Everest Base Camp, here we come!
Working on the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program at the MMRF has been one of my proudest moments at this job - I've worked with teams who have summited Mount Fuji, trekked to Machu Picchu, and got to hike alongside a team that traveled the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon last year.
This year I am so honored to be team lead on the MM4MM Trek to EVEREST BASE CAMP! On October 25 I will take off for Nepal with a team of myeloma patients, caregivers, and loved ones for a 10-day trek through the Himalayas to the doorstep of the world's tallest mountain.
The work ahead of me? Climb 17,600 feet above sea level to Everest Base Camp and raise funds 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. 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 Camp Trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise funds for the MMRF and I 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.
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