I’m sure it’s no surprise to any of you reading this page how much I love my family as well as running! I’m proud to say that I will be participating in the London Marathon on April 26, 2020 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. And I'm asking for your help.....
Last year 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 marathon I have 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 increase my goal to $7,000!!! Please contribute anything you can. It all adds up!