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Mikael Brodin

Mikael Brodin

Dear Friends,

Time for confessions. I suck at this! That is, I am not much of a fund raiser. As a child, I walked the streets of Gothenburg selling advent calendars for my soccer club. Feeling deeply ashamed and cold - my fingers often turned into frozen fish sticks -, I harassed strangers. Rumor had it that the money I made went to the senior players' beer parties. Altogether, not a good feeling. Yet 40 years later I am back at it again. So what brought me here?

More than anything, I found a valid cause. Supporting research on multiple myeloma felt important since my father has the illness. A secondary aim was to give myself another chance to run the New York marathon. The first one I blew twenty years ago when I traveled all the way to the big city, only to miss the race because I didn't pick up my number plate on time (I promise not to repeat that mistake!). A third purpose is to connect with family and friends down there. Hopefully, my dad will come and witness me gasp through the race.

My father was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in May of 2014. A tough journey began. Perhaps his hardest challenge was going through a bone marrow transplant a few months after his diagnosis. A basic summary of this procedure is that the patient is first killed and then gradually resurrected. Not everyone survives, but my father did. Now he is in remission and will have to take preventative chemo for the rest of his life.

His diagnosis came on the day I was expected to tell my Swedish employer if I wished to return to my job. It was a dramatic time, but not a difficult choice. From then on I became his travel partner. During this journey, I have met many wonderful people in the medical profession. So, this fund raiser is a payback and a sign of gratitude to them. I hope you will join me in the cause.

What follows is the general letter provided by the organization:

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.

Thanks!

Micke

Comments

$2,372.33
raised of $3,000 goal
 

Donations

$50.00
1. KTKandace Terris
$100.00
2. OO'Neill Family
$60.00
3. MMatching Gift-Vitale
$297.33
4. RDRalph Davis
$50.00
5. CLCarl Lilja
$25.00
6. ?Anonymous
Heja Micke!

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