Robin Rudman, Alan, John, & Damien
Dear Family & Friends,
I will be participating in the 2020 Chicago Marathon on October 11, 2020 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. This will be my 3rd Chicago Marathon and this is 100% dedicated to the love of my life, husband & father extraordinaire, Gary Rudman. He lost his battle with MM and radiation-induced osteosarcoma on 02/09/20. He touched so many lives in so many ways. His loss is felt by many. Racing with the MMRF, I hope, in some small way, to honor his memory.
The work ahead of me...or "my therapy" as I like to think of it, is to Race 26.2 miles and raise at least $10,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge as I navigate my "new normal" without Gary physically by my side. This is nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. Over 30,000 people are diagnosed yearly with multiple myeloma and an estimated 12,000 are predicted to die each year from the disease. 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. 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.
Gary was the beneficiary of this research. He was part of several clinical trials during his treatment. Even to the end, we had a follow up visit to his MM Dr at MD Anderson in late October 2019 and he was STILL MRD(-).
The research works....keep those clinical trials coming!
The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. Nearly 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 16 years.
The Goal: Raise $10,000 for the MMRF!
For Gary and all MM patients, please support my participation in the Chicago Marathon benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $10,000, 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.
Robin, Rachel, Caitlyn, & Hannah
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