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In November 2018, Darren was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. While his condition was initially stable without treatment, in 2019 he progressed to the point where it could no longer wait. He has recently finished induction chemotherapy and is now going through the process of stem cell collection. In February, he will have high-dose chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant using his own harvested stem cells. While there is currently no cure for Multiple Myeloma, we're hoping that this will give him many years of remission before further treatment is required.
I will be participating in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on April 26, 2020 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.
I have pledged to raise at least US $4,000 for the MMRF as I train for the race. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
Nearly 140,000 people worldwide are diagnosed yearly with multiple myeloma, and more than 95,000 are predicted to die each year from the disease. Thanks to the important work of the MMRF and partners, the US 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.
The Goal: Raise US $4,000 for the MMRF!
Please take the time to support this fantastic foundation.