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Andrea DiMella

Andrea DiMella

I’ll make this quick. I have been incredibly blessed with a fortunate life of great health. The older I get, the more I come to understand how lucky I am to have my health considering how many others face illness and disease.

Over the last year, I have watched loved ones struggle with cancer. Some continue to fight, despite not knowing if they will be free from disease, while others have lost their battles after years of courageously going toe-to-toe and giving cancer a run for its money. It all seems so unfair and wanting to help, yet knowing I can’t change a thing, often leaves me breathless.

In December of 2017, many of us lost one of our beloved, Kent, to multiple myeloma. I have known Kent since I was born – as a college friend of my parents, Kent has been part of my “fabric” from Day 1. And his near decade fight with multiple myeloma was one for the books. Witnessing his battle from the outside, Kent taught me what real fortitude, optimism, resilience, and commitment to life looks like. Always smiling, always loving, supporting and laughing, Kent was so many things to so many people. He even called me from his hospital bed, during one of his millionth scary times with the disease, to congratulate me on finishing the Boston Marathon in 2017 (my first marathon). And in true Kent fashion, he said “Duckie, you did good for an old broad”. That was Kent. I miss him.

So, when one of my closest friends asked me to run NYC Marathon on Nov. 4 2018 with her and in support of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), there was no room for NO in my mind. 26.2 miles seems like nothing, considering. All I have to do is train, simple.

Train and raise money for the MMRF.

The MMRF is the world's leading private funder of myeloma research and one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming. Thanks to the MMRF's work, the FDA has approved 10 new treatments, including four in just the past 18 months – an unparalleled track record. These drugs have almost tripled the lifespan of myeloma patients. 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.

Please considering contributing whatever you can to help me reach my $3000 commitment – it all adds up, so thank you in advance!!

I'll send updates along the way throughout my training. Know that I couldn't do any of this without all of you.

Thank you and wish me luck (I need it!!).

Love,
Andrea/Duckie

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Comments

$9,666
raised of $6,500 goal
 

Donations

$100.00
1. PRPhilip Reilly
$250.00
2. AAndea & Emmanuel
Go Ducky! We're so proud of you! Lots of love and xoxoxo Andrea and Emmanuel
$26.00
3. JMJenny Mullin
Good luck Andrea!
$50.00
4. BSBrian Safchik
$100.00
5. JFJohn Freitas
$100.00
6. JFJohn Freitas

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