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Team Moose Treks To Patagonia

Erin Calufetti-Schumacher

Erin Calufetti-Schumacher

Hi All!

I am 'back at it"! This time, headed to the end of the earth - Patagonia!

I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) "Alumni" program in November 2019 in honor of my dad, Larry Calufetti, who passed away from multiple myeloma on 2-1-2016 at age 65. I will also be participating in honor of my MM4MM 2018 Iceland teammates! I'll be trekking through the Patagonia region of Chile and Argentina to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).

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, Amgen and Celgene.

I will be hiking with a group that consists of Fourteen "Alumni" MM4MM team members who have participated in different hikes such as Mt. Everest, Mt.Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail, Mt. Fuji and Iceland. This group of alumni was chosen to take on another trek to raise research funds and we won't stop until there is a cure.

We'll be trekking the famous "W" circuit through valleys, peaks, and glaciers, and of course the "Torres" (Towers) of Patagonia. I pledge to raise $20,000 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 "TEAM MOOSE says Move over Myeloma" in the Patagonia Alumni Trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise $20,000 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!!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone that has supported Team Moose since 2015!
Lots of love,
Erin xxoo

**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!


raised of $20,000 goal


1. SSunshine Cleaning Systems, Inc.
In loving memory of Larry A. Calufetti

moving mountains for multiple myeloma partners