Dear Friends and Family,
I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in June 2018 and my life has not been the same. After chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant that year, my disease responded very well and went into full remission. I was lucky to get back to my passions of hiking and kayaking in early 2019 and I want to "pay it forward". My goal is to increase awareness of this disease and to raise money to support research and find a cure.
I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) program in July 2020 by trekking across Greenland 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.
I have pledged to raise at least $7,500 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 Greenland Arctic Trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $7,500 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!
Thank you - Mike.
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Pictures from my recent hikes getting ready for the Greenland trek: