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.
In 2017, I watched as one of my close friends, April lost her mother, Brenda to Multiple Myeloma. It was too quick. She was too young. She had so much more life to live. I also saw how it changed my friend. She has always been one of the most humanitarian people I know but this loss lit a fire in April...to bring awareness, to raise funds, to help others dealing with what her family went through and to just live life with a more adventurous spirit. Together, we hiked Mount Democrat in my first MMRF event in 2018. I was so inspired by all of the family members, supporters and especially the patients I met during that first hike. I’m really excited to be taking on this Grand Canyon trek and to help the MMRF get a little closer to a cure. This is why I'm hiking. For Brenda. For April. For the thousands of other patients and family members like them. For a cure.
I will be hiking with some of the most incredible people all with a direct connection to multiple myeloma. Our team was specifically selected to raise research funds and we won't stop until there is a cure.
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.
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!
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