Dear Friends and Family,
I am once again taking on an MMRF Endurance Challenge!
In 2016 when my dad and I ran the NYC Marathon our focus was awareness and support for my mother who was undergoing treatment. We were scared, uninformed of the challenges ahead, and grasping for something positive.
In 2017 I took on Mt. Fuji with a different outlook. The day prior to receiving my acceptance onto the team we received a call from Dana Farber notifying my mom that her cancer had reached remission. This hike became a celebration!
In 2018 I joined The MMRF as an Endurance Events Manager to continue to spread awareness and fundraise for a cure. While my mom my be in remission she still continues to take daily maintenance chemo with many side-effects affecting the quality of her life. I have chosen to devote myself to this foundation knowing that we WILL find a cure. This trek is to continue the momentum forward towards a CURE - for HOPE!
Now, in 2019 I choose to not only lead a trek through Patagonia as a function of my job but to join the team as a caregiver as well and fundraise right alongside them!
Myeloma won't stop and neither will we!
Working for this incredible foundation gives me hope every day.
To date the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) program 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.
I will be hiking with some of the most incredible people all with a direct connection to multiple myeloma. Fourteen MM4MM team members specifically selected raise research funds and who won't stop until there is a cure.
We'll be trekking through the valleys, peaks, and glaciers of Patagonia. I pledge to raise at least $10,000 for the MMRF. If I reach my fundraising goal, I will have raised over $23,000 for the Foundation. Now that is making a difference!
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 Patagonia Trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $10,000 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.
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!