Dear Friends and Family,
I am a multiple myeloma survivor! Living with cancer has changed my life - in a good way. I no longer have time for negativity and try to fill my moments with joy. Family comes first and everything else last.
I was playing soccer with one of my kids January 2018 and with one kick, I felt a break in my spine and could hardly move. Upon investigation of my back problem, tests came back positive that I had a blood cancer.
Since then, I have undergone 8 rounds of proton radiation, three months of IV infusions, chemotherapy and an autologous stem cell transplant. Notice I didn't say back surgery. My deteriorated T3 bone in my spine actually grew back in 11 months! Miraculous really.
Thanks to the concentrated efforts by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), I have had access to incredible drugs that have put this cancer in full remission for the time being. Myeloma is not curable and will come back once the cancer cells outsmart the treatments. This is why it is so important to continue research to find a CURE.
Multiple myeloma can impact anyone and the cause is unknown. There are future patients that will benefit from this research and their life will be extended just like mine.
I feel honored to be selected to participate in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) program in October 2020 by trekking the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).
To date MM4MM has raised over $2 million with 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.
I will be hiking with some of the most incredible people all with a direct connection to multiple myeloma. Our team was specifically selected to raise research funds and who won't stop until there is a cure.
I have committed to raise at least $10,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
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. 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.
More importantly, patients need these funds to extend their lives while we get closer and closer to a cure.
We all don't have to hike up a mountain to support the MMRF. Every donation, not matter the size, adds up and makes a significance impact on finding a cure.
Thank you for your contribution and for supporting the MMRF.
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