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Maarten Bout

Maarten Bout

Dear Friends,

It has been a longtime dream of mine to cross the finish line and hear the words “You are an Ironman!” To hear these four words (and to certify my insanity by swimming 2.4 miles, riding 112 miles, and then running a marathon), I will participate in IRONMAN Florida on November 2, 2019 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

The work ahead of me, months of training and one day of staring deep into the abyss is vast, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with Multiple Myeloma. And I know this intimately, since my mom, Corrie, beat back the disease 3 years ago. 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. My mom’s journey through diagnosis to remission is the reason why I am dedicating this race to Multiple Myeloma research and I invite you to join me in the fight against this disease by supporting the MMRF with a gift.

“In 2015 I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. The good news is that the disease has stabilished, but it took some very intense treatment with radiation, chemo therapy, and a native stem cell transplant. The bad news is that while successful the treatments do have significant side effects and I have to adjust to a new normal. I still conseider myself lucky. There is a large group of MM patients for whom treatment does not lead to remission or for whom treatment is available. There is still much to research and discover to get ahead of this disease, and I hope you will consider encouraging these super athletes by contributing to the MMRF to give hope to those patients for whom treatment is still sorely needed.” - Corrie Bout

My mom is one of the lucky ones. New treatments have saved many lives, but the weird and most threatening part of MM is its adaptiveness. While patients like my mom can be treated successfully and go into remission and can, almost, go back to their lives as usual, the disease adapts to the treatments and shows remarkable resiliency once it returns. I'm proud to be part of the ACTION that is helping fund and fuel important research into this: 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.

I hope you will join me in making a gift to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and I would really be inspired to go fast if you join me in a stretch gift. Here’s my challenge to you: Commit to a gift you find reasonable for cancer research today, then, follow my race on the tracking app, and if I come in under 10 hrs, double your gift. I will do so too. If I come in under 11, consider adding an extra 50%, under 12, 25%, etc. If I come in under 9, I’ll quit my job and become a professional triathlete, and you could triple your donation, just saying...

Our team’s goal: $100,000 at this one race. I’m asking you to help me raise $5,000 of this total. There are of course many demands on your generosity and altruism. Consider being one of the 100 people giving $50 to the MMRF. 90% of this funding will go directly to research and programming. You know I’m a philanthropy nerd, and a quick back of the envelope calcualation of the cost of fundraising puts the MMRF at $.10 on the dollar. Which is so good that the MMRF has been the recipient of a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator for 16 years.

Thank you for helping me cross the finish line!

Maarten

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Comments

$3,230
raised of $5,000 goal
 

Donations

$25.00
1. ?Anonymous
2. ?Anonymous
$100.00
3. PJPaula J Jenkins
Good luck!
$10.00
4. APAlison Pitt
Go Maarten!
$100.00
5. RLRobert Long
Good luck. Stay safe. Crush it.
$50.00
6. CCChris Cole
Go get ‘em, Ironman!!

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