I’m sure it’s no surprise to any of you reading this page how much I love my family as well as running! My plan was to participate in the London Marathon on April 26, 2020 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures but because of the pandemic the marathon was moved out to October 4th 2020. Once again plans changed, and the race was moved to 2021. I was however able to run it virtually from Philadelphia with my friends and family cheering me on! It was a very special day for me….not to mention doesn’t everyone deserve a 2020 medal?
So, here’s a background on my story:
In 2019 my father, Gavin Hanlon, was given the news he had, even with no symptoms, a form of cancer called Multiple Myeloma. What in the world is THAT? Well, I’ll tell you, it’s the second most common form of blood cancer. 30,000+ people are diagnosed yearly.
Over the past year my father has fought through chemo, multiple setbacks from the drugs, and a stem cell transplant that has left him with chronic back pain and neuropathy in his feet. Thankfully he's cancer free, for now. The thing with Myeloma is that it's a disease that can morph throughout treatment, often requiring patients to receive alternative therapies when they relapse.
Thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the FDA has approved ELEVEN new treatments in the time that it usually takes for ONE new drug to come to market. Remarkable right?! And the best part is that nearly 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming. Something to feel good about!
Here's where YOU come in, my dear friends. For my 2020 marathon I pledged to raise at least $5,000 which as you can see, I surpassed thanks to your many generous donations. That being said, I'd like to continue raising funds and increase my goal to $8,000!!! I understand that these are tough times, but I would appreciate any help you can give. It all adds up!