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Don Hickey

Don Hickey

Dear Friends,

In 2005, I was diagnosed with an early stage of 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. With a wife and two young teenagers, this diagnosis was a rather devastating moment. I responded by pledging to improve my fitness and asked my daughter Amy to join me in running what would be our first Houston Half Marathon. Many years and many half and full marathon’s later, I have had no progression of my symptoms. I am one of the fortunate few. While there is no cure for this disease, great progress is being made.

The unintended consequence from my invitation to Amy, is that this led her to the Boston Marathon and a career as a Physical Therapist. This year on November 4, 2018, Amy and I will be participating in the TCS NYC Marathon on November 4, 2018 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. 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.

The work ahead of me? Race 26.2 miles and raise at least $3,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma. 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 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 support my participation in the TCS NYC Marathon benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $3,000, and I need your help to get there. I am starting my fundraising with a $1,000 personal donation to MMRF. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!

Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization.


A link to Amy's page follows:


raised of $3,000 goal


1. BBecky Drake
Thank you so much for your dedication to this cause. I am honored to help you reach your goal. Good Luck to you and Amy in your race, and have fun!
2. WYWayne Yaffee
so nice to see you out hitting the road again!
3. KKaren Sexton
Don, thanks for helping this cause. Good luck to both you and Amy for a good finish time.
4. RORonald Opper
Run, Don, Run!
5. ABAnnie Bradbury
Mike's grandmother is fighting blood cancer now... this is a cause dear and dear to our hearts. Best of luck to you and Amy!
6. GTGeorge Tidmarsh
Hope you can keep up with Amy! Old guys rock!

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