Well...I'm doing it again. In 2017 Hailey (my daughter) and I combined to raise over $10,000 for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. I wanted to take a year off from from fundraising and I'm hoping that buys me some goodwill.
This year I'm pushing it a bit more. Instead of olympic and sprint distance triathlons we're going for at least one 70.3 Half Ironman distance. I'll be doing Steelhead in Benton Harbor, MI. I'm doing the Cary March Madness Half Marathon for a warm-up. There will be some other events added.
Again...my goal is to do a handful of events and raise at least ANOTHER $5,000 (that would be $10,650 total) for the MMRF. Training for these events will be a challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. But while there is no cure, great progress is being made. I'm really, really hopeful that more progress can be made in the next couple of years.
In fact, thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the world's leading private funder of myeloma research, the FDA has approved TEN new treatments, including FOUR in just the past 18 months – a track record that's unparalleled in the world of oncology. These drugs have almost tripled the lifespan of myeloma patients. And now the MMRF is funding over 20 additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to tens of thousands of patients and their families.
MY Goal: Raise ANOTHER $5,000 for the MMRF!
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. And the MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the past eleven years in a row.
Please support my participation in these events benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $5,000, and I 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.