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Fight Myeloma with me and for Janet!

Michael Campanaro

Michael Campanaro

Dear Friends and Family,

After having increasing, unexplained back pain, my mother, Janet Infante, was told that her pain was coming from a Plasmacytoma and was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. I remember talking to my mom on the phone that day when she delivered the news. She somehow remained optimistic even after knowing she had just been diagnosed with cancer. That was her. An optimistic, caring person whose passion for life and family is like no one else I know in my life. This would be the start of the hardest times of her life yet she somehow stayed positive and hopeful for the future.

Being a teacher and guidance counselor, my mom quickly became well-educated on everything related to Myeloma. She felt that education for the disease would be one of the most important things when taking on this new battle. She learned everything about the disease, the avialable treatments, and the organizations fighting for a cure. In 2014 she approached my entire family with a dream. She wanted us to run the Disney half marathon and raise donations for the MMRF. At first, everyone was hesitant but with some motivation from my mom, we joined together to complete something none of us had ever thought we’d do. Thinking, back, this was one of the happiest moments of my mom's life. Not only were we running for her but we were running at Disney, here ‘second home’, and, we were raising donations and awareness for the MMRF.

The following years since, my family has participated in the Tri-State MMRF 5k run. Our team started out small but has grown each year with new faces. This race was big for so many reasons. It gave my mom something to look forward to. It gave her hope. It gave her the control to fight back and most of all, it showed her that there are a ton of people out there fighting alongside her. In May of 2018, my mother passed away after 8 years of fighting for her life. Our team, Team Janet Strong, ran in honor of her that June and will be doing the same this year and for the years to follow. It will never be the same without her there but the reason we will all do it each year remains the same.

I’m beyond excited for the opportunity to participate in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma Mt Washington Hike this year. I’m looking forward to the amazing group of people that will be joining me on this trek and raising donations together as a team. No words can express how grateful I am for the MMRF. I know that I can’t bring my mother back by racing or doing charity events but I also know that this is going to change other peoples lives by helping support this awesome organization.

I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program in June 2019 by climbing Mount Washington to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

Additionally, I will be continuing my efforts to raise donations by completing two Ironman 70.3 events this year. The first will be on July 28th in Whistler, BC and the second will be on September 6th in Lake Placid, NY. I have never completed this type of event and have been in training for less than a year. I wanted to do something that seemed unattainable at the time and set my goals really high. I think that is reflective of my mother's strength and persistence over the years she fought this disease.

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.

The work ahead of me? Climb 6,288 feet above sea level to the highest peak east of the Mississippi and raise at least $2,500 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. 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 Mt. Washington Peak Weekend benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $2,500 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.

Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!

Thanks!
Michael


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Comments

$4,070
raised of $10,000 goal
 

Donations

$100.00
1. GEGerald Edward
$20.00
2. EFErika Friedlander
$100.00
3. JMJill MacMillan
Best of luck. I am so proud of you
$100.00
4. DLDeb Laffey
You go Michael! Yeah Team Janet!
$50.00
5. Melissa Pineo
Have a great race! Thanks for continuing to raise funds and awareness!!! You rock!!!
$25.00
6. TCTrisha And Charlie
We love you and are proud of you, Michael! Now get out there and don't be a pab.

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