Dear Friends and Family,
If you are reading this, you know me, and you know my dedication to non-profits and charity. I served as the 2018-2019 President of the Junior League of Greensboro. I raised over $3500 for the American Cancer Society when I ran the New York City Marathon in 2011. You know that I have no problem asking for money for good causes and organizations. This one is very personal. And I am asking you to help me.
Many of you also know that since 2013, my mom has been battling multiple myeloma, which is an incurable blood cancer. There is no doubt that the reason she is still alive is because of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). I raised money for the MMRF once before, in 2014, when I was selected to participate in the Empire State Building Run-Up. I raised the necessary funds, but was unable to attend the event due to the scheduling of my mom's stem cell transplant.
I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected to participate in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) program in March 2021 by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for the 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 will be hiking with some incredible people all with a direct connection to multiple myeloma (patients, caregivers, medical providers, researchers). Our team was specifically selected to raise research funds and we won't stop until there is a cure. We'll be trekking through the various ecosystems of Mount Kilimanjaro to reach the summit at over 19,000 feet.
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 Mount Kilimanjaro Trek 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!
We are thrilled that Bristol-Myers Squibb has signed on to sponsor our expedition this year so that all of the money we raise can go directly to research.
Thanks so much for your support, by both donating and sharing on social media.
Please give as generously as you can to help the MMRF make sure that we can continue to make fast progress towards eradicating this beast of a disease.
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