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Joan Dodson

Joan Dodson

Dear Friends,

After 20 marathons I have come to a point where I want to use my running and ability to help others! In the past I have ran for me and my goals, now I am choosing to reach further for a greater cause beyond myself! This past year my dear cousin, Diane Yelton, was diagnosed with Multiple myeloma. She was fortunate to be selected into a clinical trial being done in Charlotte, NC. This is just one of the trials that researchers are using to find a cure. I want to help researchers as they strive for a cure as well as patients like Diane who are battling this disease. I know with your help we can make a difference in the lives of these patients!

Soooo..... 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 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 Goal: Raise $3,000 for the MMRF!

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. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!

Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization. No amount is too small! It all adds up and together we will make a difference!!

Thank you so very much!


raised of $3,000 goal


1. KBKaren Byrd
Wishing you all the best this weekend, Joan! I love that you are using your running to help others. You are truly special!
2. JHJulie Hamrick
Congrats on meeting your money raising goal! I'm sure you're going to do fantastic running the NYC marathon! Supporting a wonderful cause & carrying all those who are battling MM along the 26.2 course with you in heart & mind! Have fun & enjoy the moment! I love you! So proud of you & all you do!!! :)
3. ?Anonymous
4. TLThomas Lanahan
Run Joan Run. Good Luck in NYC.
5. SHStacy Hensley
6. JTJessica Tackett

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