As many of you know, my dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in November of 2016. After several rounds of chemotherapy, he underwent a successful stem-cell transplant in May of 2017 through which he achieved a stringent remission. Since then, he has undergone further rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy and is currently receiving weekly maintenance chemotherapy to improve the likelihood of a sustained remission. On November 4th, my friend, Quinn O’Malley, and I will be running the TCS New York City Marathon to raise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Quinn and I met our freshman year of high-school and were immediately friends; he quickly became a pseudo member of the Marshall family, spending a significant amount of time with us over the past eight years. When my dad was diagnosed, Quinn was one of the first people to call, offering support to both me and my family. A few months ago, while discussing my desire to run the NYC Marathon and raise money for the MMRF, Quinn suggested we run the race together to support my dad.
Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer and has one of the lowest 5-year survival rates of all cancers. However, in the past decade alone, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, along with its network of partners, has achieved tremendous success in fighting the disease. As a result of the MMRF’s efforts, the FDA has approved ten new treatments – including four in the past 18 months – an unparalleled track record in oncology.
The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to an eventual cure. A remarkable 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming. For the past eleven years, the MMRF has earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating, putting it in the top 1% of all charities.
Quinn and I have committed to raising $25,000 for the race and ask that you please take this opportunity to support a truly incredible cancer organization!
Quinn and Jenkins