Dear Friends and Family,
I know many of you are aware of this, but not all of you are. In 2013 I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM), a type of cancer of the blood that currently has no cure. I have been receiving treatments for this condition since that time and in April of this year I had a stem cell transplant at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. I am doing well at this stage of my treatment.
Lorie and I have been involved with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) in a number of ways since my diagnosis. We have attended their conferences as well as following their sponsored research through their web site, blogs and monthly magazine. They are a pretty amazing organization that is doing a tremendous amount of work toward finding a cure for MM and have been involved in the research that has led to several new drugs that have helped many patients and extended their lives. Lorie and I want to give something back to MMRF.
We will be participating 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. 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 their sponsors.
We 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.
We have pledged to each 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. We are 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.
Please support our participation in the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $10,000 as has Lorie and we will need your help to get there. More importantly, patients need these funds to extend their lives while we get closer and closer to a cure. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!
Thanks! Ron & Lorie Greene
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