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Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus

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 by 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 some of the most incredible people I have had the honor to know: Fourteen "Alumni" MM4MM team members who want to take on another trek as a way to raise research funds and who 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 at least $10,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.

Currently my disease is being managed with oral chemotherapy and I am in remission. The hard truth is that the disease will recur. The question is when. Although 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 my participation in the Patagonia Alumni 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!

Thanks!
Ben


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Comments

$4,775
raised of $10,000 goal
 

Donations

$500.00
1. RSRyan Scannell
Good luck Ben. Love you!
$100.00
2. JAJuli Aulik
$25.00
3. TvTammy Von Rutenberg
$100.00
4. DDaniel and Anne
$250.00
5. RCRoss Clevens
Ben: You are an inspiration! All the best, Ross
6. JGJustin L Gottlieb
Good luck! We wish you all the best in this new adventure.

moving mountains for multiple myeloma partners