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Chris & Stephanie Maher

Chris & Stephanie Maher

Hi Everyone!

We hope 2019 is off to a great start for all of you. Instead of resolutions, we have decided to try and make a difference by helping our dear friend JP Kealy and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). JP and his wife, Annamarie, are life-long friends and have shown amazing grace, courage and determination since his multiple myeloma diagnosis in the spring of 2014.

Chris is going to join them, and 12 other multiple myeloma patients, for the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) Alumni program in November of this year. They will be trekking through Patagonia to raise funds and awareness for the MMRF.

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. 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. And there are 2-3 more treatment options right around the corner. With 12 different types of multiple myeloma often morphing through treatment, options are essential to survival. We are proud to be part of the ACTION that is helping fund and fuel this important research.

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. Thanks to sponsors, Amgen and Celgene, 100% of the funds we raise go directly to the MMRF!

JP and Annamarie did a previous trip with MM4MM in February of 2018 when they hiked to Everest Base Camp -- and that was less than a year after JP received a stem cell transplant! Below, you can see a photo of JP and Annamarie as well as two very inspirational videos from their Everest Base Camp trip.

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 Chris' participation in the Patagonia Alumni Trek benefiting the MMRF. We have made a commitment to raise at least $10,000 (but have a goal of $25,000!) and we 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 -- EVERY dollar helps!

With love and gratitude,
Stephanie & Chris


**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!

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$7,825
raised of $25,000 goal
 

Donations

1. SBSusan Barr
2. MCMarjorie Cader
$100.00
3. BBeth Robischon
What a great way to support your friend!
$25.00
4. BSBrian Slattery-Gaston
Chris & Stephanie, Kim and I are so excited about this endeavor, guys. What an amazing cause with and for some truly incredible people. Our hearts are with you! Brian & Kimberly Slattery-Gaston
$150.00
5. RRRosemarie Reardon
Go Chris!
$100.00
6. JJJay Jacobs

moving mountains for multiple myeloma partners