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Mark Valutkevich

Mark Valutkevich

Dear Friends,

I will be participating in the BMW Berlin Marathon on September 27, 2020 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

The work ahead of me? Train several hundred miles through the New England cold and wet spring and the hot and humid summer, race 26.2 miles and raise at least $4,000 for the MMRF. I want to crush all these goals! 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. Over 30,000 people are diagnosed yearly with multiple myeloma and an estimated 12,000 are predicted to die each year from the disease.

Why run for MMRF? It's personal. A family member was diagnosed with multiple myeloma almost four years ago. I have witnessed first-hand the struggles they went through. And now today? They are doing very well due to the research, treatment and physicians that the MMRF helps support. But the race is not yet won. There is no cure...yet. There are 12 different types of multiple myeloma, and because myeloma is a cunning disease which morphs through treatment, patients often need new treatment options when they relapse.

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. 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 2020 BMW Berlin Marathon benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $4,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!

100% of all the donations I receive go directly to support the work being done by the MMRF. I will be personally paying for my transportation and accommodations although donations and sponsorships are welcome.

Best regards,
Mark

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Comments

$765
raised of $4,000 goal
 

Donations

$50.00
1. Matching Gift - Simoncini
$50.00
2. Matching Gift - Hanson
$100.00
3. Matching Gift - Tangusso
$50.00
4. David Obuchowski
Good luck Mark. Stay strong.
$50.00
5. Eileen Finnegan
Good Luck!!
$50.00
6. Suzanne Rice Simoncini
Way to go, Mark! Best wishes for your training and your fundraising efforts! And to your Mom as well!

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