After running 45 marathons, I'm sure it's no surprise that I will be running another marathon. However, this one is a special one and I am asking for your help. 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, in honor of my amazing, kind-hearted mom.
At the end of 2018, my mom was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called Multiple Myeloma. I'm sure some of you are asking yourself, what that is. 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.
Prior to her diagnosis, she was the healthiest 74 year-old I had ever known. She was full of positive energy, walking 2+ hours a day and solely managing our family-owned fast food restaurant, Dari-Delite in Morgan Hill, California, 6 days a week with no employees, for the past 40 years. She has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments since the beginning of this year. While there is currently no cure for Multiple Myeloma, we are praying that she will be able to beat this cancer into remission and live for many more years to come. Even though she has been diagnosed with this condition, she continues to remain positive and spread joy to everyone she meets.
The work ahead of me? Race 26.2 miles and raise at least $5,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event outdoors during the brutal Chicago winter will be a challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
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.
The Goal: Raise $5,000 or more for the MMRF!
Please support my participation in the Virgin Money London Marathon benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $5,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!
Please take this opportunity to give back and join me in supporting this game-changing cancer organization.
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