Dear Friends, Family and Generous Supporters,
On April 20, 2020 I will be participating in the 124th Boston Marathon as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. I am running in honor and memory of my heroic father Ronald Caredeo, who lost his courageous 6 year battle with Multiple Myeloma on September 9, 2019. My dad was the very first person to introduce me to running at a young age and I can't think of a greater way to honor his life and the legacy he leaves behind than by running for a cure.
The work ahead of me? Race 26.2 miles and 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.
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 ELEVEN 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 Boston Marathon 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! Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization.
Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity and support.
With love and gratitude,
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