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Julie Caparco

Julie Caparco

Dear Friends,

I will be participating in the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2019 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

After running my first half marathon in September, I decided I was ready to run a marathon. There is no better charity to run and raise money for than the MMRF. As many already know, my mom was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in February 2002, rocking our world and sending it down an unknown and often scary path. At the time of her diagnosis, she was given five years to live. She began chemotherapy immediately, underwent two stem cell transplants and fought this disease with a strength and grace that truly defined who she was at her core. After fighting for 13 years, she passed away in January 2015. She will always be the strongest person I know and the lessons she taught us are innumerable.

In the summer of 2013, our world was shaken again when my good friend Joe was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He is strong and a fighter! While continuing to receive treatment, he is a middle school special educator who every day shows his children and students what positivity, strength, and courage look like.

I am running in memory of my mom, in honor of Joe, and to raise money for continued research so other families never have to experience what mine and others have and currently are.

The work ahead of me? Race 26.2 miles and raise at least $10,000 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, though much progress has been made, myeloma still has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers.

I'm proud to be part of the ACTION that is helping fund and fuel important research: Thanks to the important work of the MMRF and our partners, the FDA has approved TEN new treatments in the time that it usually takes for ONE new drug to come to market. And there are 2-3 more treatment options right around the corner.

This is so important because there are 12 different types of multiple myeloma, and because myeloma is a cunning disease which morphs through treatment, patients often need new treatment options when they relapse.

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. The MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the past twelve years in a row.

Please support my participation in the Boston Marathon benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $10,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for supporting this game-changing cancer organization and their research in the hopes of one day soon finding a cure for multiple myeloma. One of my mom's favorite sayings was "Live, Laugh, Love" and in her memory, we will continue to Live, Laugh, Love, and Fight for a Cure!

Thanks!
Julie xoxo

Comments

$3,232
raised of $10,000 goal
 

Donations

$250.00
1. AOAnn O'Hearn
$30.00
2. JMJanice Michaud
I am so excited and happy that you are running your first full marathon and for such an important and incredible cause! You’re a badass!
3. BBrian & Caroline
You got this!!!
4. KKate Mahoney
Wishing you the best Julie!
5. JJane Cronin Fairbrother
6. SBSharon Buckley
Wishing you the best of luck Julie as you achieve your goals. We'll be cheering you on. You got this!

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