We will be running the TCS NYC Marathon on November 3, 2019 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures. We are committed to making a difference in the lives of countless people affected by Multiple Myeloma. We are fundraising to help support the research and discovery of new treatment options for patients. Knowing first-hand how devastating this disease can be on patients and their families, our goal is to help bring new hope for a world without cancer!
WHY WE RUN FOR MMRF - TEAM FOR CURES
This will be my second year running the TCS NYC Marathon and fundraising for MMRF. As you many of you know, my husband, Mark was diagnosed with non-secretory Multiple Myeloma in August of 2017, a rare form of the disease that is exceptionally difficult to treat. This diagnoses changed our family’s lives forever. I’ll be running for Mark and other cancer patients, with the hope that through my small part, I will positively impact the discovery of new treatments to help Mark and others like him. I run for hope – hope that a cure is found and hope that others don’t have to experience what our family has gone through.
Mark continues to have a positive outlook despite having several relapses over this past year. His first relapse was in December and his latest occurred this June. Learning that Mark had developed tumors in his spine just nine months after his stem cell transplant came as such shock to us – and the news was truly difficult to accept. We really thought his cancer would be in remission, since up until that point he had been feeling so well. Mark really amazes me – he continues to have a positive attitude, works out when his body allows him to. And because he simply won’t allow himself to slow down, he has taken up fishing again – which the boys enjoy doing with him.
For myself, I learned so much last year training for the TCS NYC 2018 marathon. Running became my therapy--a way to reset my mind, come home, and take on whatever life throws my way. The miles can be difficult at times, but I quickly remind myself that this is nothing in comparison to what a cancer patient goes through. I’m so inspired by Mark and his drive, I’m proud to be running on his behalf. Thank you all for your continued love and support. It brings us such joy. We truly appreciate it!!!
Thank you to all of you that supported my fundraising effects for MMRF last year. This will be my second year running the TCS NYC Marathon and fundraising for MMRF. My Aunt was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma a few years ago. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are part of the body’s immune system. She has received a stem cell transplant and recently she received CAR-T cell therapy and is doing very well.
I have been running since I was a teenager. I ran cross-country at Middlebury College and my youngest son will be running cross-country and track for the US Air Force Academy starting this fall. I enjoy running and hiking with both of my boys so it seemed fitting to run the TCS NYC Marathon again this year for a cause that I feel strongly about. As I was running the marathon last year, I couldn’t help but to notice the people around me, it seemed like everyone was running for a charity – it was truly moving!! It really restores your faith in humanity and provides us all with hope.
Thank you for your continued support and for helping me fight cancer and other awful diseases. To be able to do what I love while also raising awareness is a true gift. Together we can help find a cure!
Mary Cate’s Why?
This will be my first year running the NYC marathon! I’m excited to be running for a cause that is near and dear to my heart, MMRF. I will running in memory of the best dad in the world, Jay (Pat) Kennedy. In January 2018, he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare incurable blood cancer that originates in the bone marrow. During his 9 months of treatment, we referred to his team at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute as angels. The care he received was top-notch and always accompanied by a smile.
Dad was a giver, a perpetual volunteer. He drove for the Family Pantry of Harwich, was a member of the Harwich Bikeways committee, organized bike outings and adventures for the newcomers club, worked at Chatham First Night, and volunteered his services through the local woodworkers group, to name a few. It only seems fitting that I should volunteer in his memory.
Dad (Pops, Uncle Pat, Jay) will be my special inspiration on this journey. Thank you for your help battling this fierce disease. Everyone who represents MMRF Team for Cures brings hope to those who are fighting for their lives. The money raised is a step towards the next breakthrough treatment and a next step in the journey that they, and those battling alongside them are on together. I am fundraising for MMRF in hope that others don’t experience what my dad and my family went through.
WHAT IS MULTIPLE MYELOMA AND WHO IS MMRF?
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.
We are proud to be part of the ACTION that is helping fund and fuel important research: Thanks to the important work of the MMRF and their 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.
The Goal: Raise $10,000 for the MMRF!
Please support TEAM HOPE’S participation in the TCS NYC Marathon benefiting the MMRF. We have made a commitment to raise at least $10,000, and we need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!
Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization.
Mary, Katherine and Mary Cate