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Running the NYC Marathon for the MMRF

Geoffrey Dilly

Geoffrey Dilly

Dear friends and family,

As many of you know, my mom, Dr. Kathleen Fowler, lost her courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma in 2012. She was beloved not only by the family, but also by her many hundreds of students and colleagues at Ramapo College of New Jersey where she was a Professor of English and Humanities. She was passionate and compassionate, dedicated to education and the empowerment and growth of her students. As a professor now myself, I draw upon her example often. What would mom do?

There's no way I can fully live up to her incredible example, but I will certainly always try. That's why I've laced up my shoes once more and aimed my sights at my bucket list marathon - the place where my mom lived, got her first editor jobs, and later her PhD (at NYU). A city I could almost literally see from my backyard as I grew up in New Jersey. The biggest marathon in the country.

And yes, I need your help. I'm raising at least $3000 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation once again. I previously ran the Boston Marathon in 2012 which I was able to share with my mom before she passed, and the Santa Barbara Wine Country Half with my fiance Christine.

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. 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 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.

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 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. Any contribution helps, it all adds up!

With love and determination,



raised of $3,000 goal


1. ?Anonymous
2. GFGareth Forster
Impressive achievement on running the marathon buddy. Heather and I are thinking of you!
3. TST Celeste Suggs
Because I missed it last year too I think. Great job, Geoff!
4. MAMelissa Adams
Way to go Little Buddy!
5. SMSiena Mariotti
6. ?Anonymous
Geoff: It's mid-afternoon Sunday here in SoCal; By now you've come in first place!

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