Dear Friends and Family,
I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program on June 28, 2019 by climbing Mount Washington to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. MMRF shares their research finds to the Cancer community for ALL types of Cancer.
Why am I hiking?
You know that friend that you met when you were very young that still today is in your life and no matter how far apart you may be, they are still just as close?
Well, for me, that person is Melissa Pineo. When I was 11 years old my Mom introduced to me to one of her bowling friends daughters, we quickly became and have stayed best friends. We finished high school as co captains of the volleyball team, went to college states apart but remained close. Melissa joined the AF and moved away to AZ but over the years though far apart, we get together when we can and pick up right where we left off from the last visit. Melissa is so much a part of my life yet I rarely see her in person. I trust Melissa with my life and would do anything for her, though not blood, she is my life sister.
As we approached our monumental 50th birthdays, we planned to visit Glacier NP for a week of nature’s beautiful outdoor adventures. However, life had another idea when Melissa's sister Carol was taken to the hospital because she couldn't get out of bed, later diagnosed with a blood cancer named Multiple Myeloma. Quickly Melissa jumped on a plane to be by her sister’s side. Our trip was out of the question of course but we now had another team quest, to get Carol healthy.
Of course, Carol and many doctors and nurses at Dana Farber and Winchester Hospital did all the work. Carol had many broken and/or fractured bones, couldn’t move or walk without excruciating pain. Many procedures to stabilize bones, chemo and radiation treatments, stem cell transplant and Carol was a champ throughout these very tough and grueling efforts.
Over a year later and Carol has undergone a stem cell transplant and now able to walk on her own and recently back to work part time! Treatments are still many ahead but Carol is doing far better than a year and half ago and all thanks to huge efforts by so many medical professionals, the Multiple Myeloma Foundation, family and friends.
So thankful to have Carol getting stronger, more active and feeling better. Melissa heard about the MMRF event to raise funds to help continue research and find new treatments for MM and other Cancers, she wanted to join. There is one event in NE that 20 people are chosen by application and interviews to hike Mt Washington via Tuckermans Ravine.
When I heard of the hike, I applied too. Melissa was accepted in Oct, fortunately, I was accepted two weeks later! So, after over a year and a half of hospitals, ambulances and treatments Melissa and I are joining forces to hike Mt Washington and raise funds to help the MMRF. We will hike for Carol, for MMRF, our friendship and maybe even a little for our 50th (belated). We will be carrying the games if Cancer survivors, current patients and those who have lost their battle with any Cancer. Please feel free to send a name or two to add to the banner we will carry with us to the summit!
The hike with be June 28th and Melissa’s first White Mountain hike. Looking forward to supporting my friend in honor of Carol and climb this mountain to reach our goals. We need your help to reach the fundraising goals that supports the research and treatments that have helped Carol survive the past year and will continue to treat her as she fights this terrible disease.. NO donation is too small and all are just as appreciated as the next. If you work for a company that may match your donation, you can double your donation to help fight Cancer by finding a cure. Please consider this event this year, this is a one time opportunity for us and you can help make it successful!
Both our links are here: endurance.themmrf.org/2019MtWashington/BonnieMoore
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, GSK and Celgene.
The work ahead of me? Climb 6,288 feet above sea level to the highest peak east of the Mississippi and raise a minimum of $5,555 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, though much progress has been made, myeloma still has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers.
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. And there are 2-3 more treatment options right around the corner.
This is so important because there are 12 different types of multiple myeloma, and 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. An outstanding 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 the past twelve years in a row.
Please support my participation in the Mt. Washington Weekend benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise $5,555 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.
Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!
**Want to double your impact - inquire if your company matches your charitable donations and submit your donation information through your company's portal or HR to receive a match! Forward me your confirmation email and I can get your match added to my fundraising total!