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. Likewise, this summer I celebrate ten years since my tandem transplant at Northwestern University Hospital.
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 $15,000 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 13 types of chemotherapy in 6 different treatment plans along with 2 transplants in the past ten years. Currently, I'm on a protocol of Dex, Dara, and Carfilizimib, which has been developed because of research projects funded through opportunities such as this.
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 $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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