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Sally Kalksma

Sally Kalksma

Hey all,

Great news: I'm back! I will be participating in the Empire State Building Run-Up on May 14, 2019 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. I haven't raced up the Empire since I had my stem cell transplant 2 years ago.

The work ahead of me? Race up 1,576 steps and raise at least $2300. for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to what I had to go through with treatment.

Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. Over 30,000 people are diagnosed yearly with multiple myeloma and an estimated 12,000 are predicted to die each year from the disease. YIKES! I hate that statistic. I want to change that.

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. There are more treatment options in the pipeline. 

This is so important because myeloma is a cunning disease which morphs through treatment, meaning patients often need new treatment options when they relapse. 

The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. Nearly 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 16 years. 

Please support my participation in the Empire State Building Run-Up benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $2300. 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. It has saved my life. Now I want to help save other patients like me.



raised of $2,300 goal


1. CCCelgene Corporation
2. BGBruce Gilbert
For a great lady, great inspiration and great cause. See you at the ESBRU
3. ?Anonymous
4. MSMarion Spaar
5. NNational Paving Co Inc
6. PCPaul Cavallaro
Sally, Marie & I have always been inspired by your courage and your ability to give of yourself for others. You Go Girl.

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