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April Cooper

April Cooper

Dear Friends and Family,

I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) program in April 2020 by trekking Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon 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.

Why am I taking this trek??

It's so important to me to help raise research funds for a cure for multiple myeloma. As you probably know, I lost my mother in 2017 after a battle with this terrible disease. I feel my mother nudging me all the time to participate in events like this. I know she would be proud & I know she would never wish for anyone to go through what she went through.  

I have pledged to raise at least $3,500 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma. I watched my mother struggle to do the most basic things. Walking, getting up with ease, holding a spoon, turning over in bed...all things that caused her a great deal of pain and frustration. I think of that when I ask myself if I'm up to this challenge. If she can do that, I can do this!

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.

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.

Please support my participation in the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $3,500 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! April

​**Want to double your impact? Inquire if your company matches your charitable donations and submit your donation information through your company's portal or HR to receive a match! Forward me your confirmation email and I can get your match added to my fundraising total!**

Comments

$3,500
raised of $3,500 goal
 

Donations

$200.00
1. SHSarah & Chip Hopkins
$150.00
2. JHJean Hamilton
$100.00
3. LCLindsay Carry
You are always awe inspiring. You make this world better. Good luck and enjoy the views!!
$25.00
4. IHIvette Hernandez
#BravelikeBrenda
$25.00
5. KDKristi Davidson
i Love the way you honor your momma!!!
$50.00
6. MDMelissa Davila
Love you April! #BraveLikeBrenda ❤

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