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Erik Ellefsen

Erik Ellefsen

Dear Friends and Family,

This past October you celebrated with me ten years since diagnosis, and over the past year I've had the opportunity to tell my story at fundraising and awareness events. This summer I've been chosen for an opportunity to not only celebrate, but also to raise money for research and awareness for multiple myeloma patients and caregiviers.

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.

The work ahead of me? Trek through an assortment of geologic marvels, including volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, gorges, lava beds, waterfalls, and, of course, mountains and raise at least $7,500 for the MMRF. Training for this event is going to be a big challenge because of continued side effects from my transplants and treatment, but nothing compared to the challenges I faced during tandem transplants or by many of my friends and warriors who battle multiple myeloma with me.

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, and I am starting one of these new treatments this spring.

This is so important because myeloma is a cunning disease which morphs through treatment, meaning patients often need new treatment options when they relapse. Personally, I have taken 10 types of chemotherapy in 5 different treatment plans along with 2 transplants in the past ten years.

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 with a goal of $15,000 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.


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raised of $15,000 goal


1. GHGeordan Hammond
Eric, you're a true inspiration and a true friend. Blessings to you on the Trek!
2. PSPeter Bawoo Sohn
There's not a greater provider than our heavenly father, but I hope this small amount helps. You're a great, living example in my life, Mr. Ellefsen.
3. ?Anonymous
What an amazing trek you will have.... glad to be part of the journey!
4. SbSabrina Bruckner
Erik- What a great opportunity for you to go on this great adventure while supporting ongoing research to find a cure for Multiple Myeloma. Praying for strength and safety during your training, and your trek!!
5. BLBrian Logan
Erik, You are awesome and pray for you daily and your fight. Thanks for being you and all you do. The Brian Logan Family
6. JHJoshua Hall
Sounds like an awesome time and prayers that all goes well in training and the trip.

moving mountains for multiple myeloma partners