Dear Friends, Family, and anyone else helping me accomplish this goal,
I am participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) program beginning September 2020 by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. So far they have raised over $2 million with the help of 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.
A brief history of my relationship with MM. I had my first MRI in August 2019 for back pain and was finally diagnosed on October 17, 2019, after presenting with a compression fracture of my T12 vertebrae and 2 broken ribs. I am currently on KRD therapy for the induction phase of my treatment and am on track to have my first Autologous stem cell transplant in late April 2020. Training for this event is going to be a big challenge but so is every other great achievement. You can see more about the overall event here: endurance.themmrf.org/2020Kilimanjaro
I will be hiking with incredible people each with a direct connection to multiple myeloma. We will be trekking through the various ecosystems of Mount Kilimanjaro to reach the summit at over 19,000 feet. Please view the videos I have posted below from the previous Mount Kilimanjaro treks.
Even though Multiple Myeloma is considered rare, it 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 their partners, the FDA has approved ELEVEN new treatments in the time 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. You can find detailed information about Multiple Myeloma here: cancer.net/cancer-types/multiple-myeloma/introduction
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!
Thank you all very much,
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