Dear Friends and Family,
I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program in August 2019 by trekking through Iceland to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. Why am I doing this? The challenge is both physical and spiritual. Physically this will be a good way for me to set goals and work at growing stronger. Spiritually the theme of pilgrimage is a consistent theme in scripture in order to connect deeply with God. I look forward to meeting and sharing an experience with people like me who want to affirm that cancer is not something to be afraid of. In fact, I am not afraid of cancer, rather cancer is afraid of me.
Bonnie and I will be flying to Iceland in August for the event scheduled for the 7th - 11th. She will explore the culture and history of Iceland in Reykjavik while I am on the trek. Speaking of the hike, the Trek will take the team through an assortment of geologic marvels, including volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, gorges, lava beds, waterfalls, and, of course, mountains.
By joining the team I have agreed to raise at least $7,500 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
To date MM4MM has raised over $2 million with patients, caregivers, family members, doctors, clinicians and others taking on epic challenges and reaching out to their circle of support. 100% of those funds go to the MMRF, thanks to our sponsors.
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.
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 Iceland Trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $7,500 and I will need your help to get there. More importantly, patients need these funds to extend their lives while we get closer and closer to a cure. Personally, I am thankful for MM research which has helped me in my fight with cancer.
Video and pics from the 2018 MM4MM Iceland trek: https://vimeo.com/293051448
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