Pat and Gary Talcott
Dear Friends and Family,
After a number of years of feeling fatigued and knowing "something wasn't right" Pat was diagnosed in 2019 with High Risk Smoldering Multiple Myeloma. While "wait and watch" or participating in a clinical trial are the two choices for this stage of this incurable cancer, Gary and Pat have chosen to take an active role and do what they can to raise funds and awareness to aid in the search for a cure while Pat is still relatively healthy. As life long mountain climbers, hikers, skiers and world travelers, Pat and Gary are training for their most challenging climb of all - defeating this disease.
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 (MMRF). To date MM4MM has raised over $2 million with patients, caregivers, family members, doctors, and clinicians taking on epic challenges and reaching out to their circle of support. Thanks to our sponsors 100% of those funds go to the MMRF.
We will be hiking with a group of incredible people all with a direct connection to multiple myeloma. Our team was specifically selected to raise research funds and we won't stop until there is a cure. We have pledged to raise at least $20,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with active multiple myeloma.
For those not familiar with multiple myeloma information about this cancer can be found on the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation page themmrf.org. While MM is currently not curable it often times can be managed. With recent improvements in detection and treatment, the five year survival rate for multiple myeloma patients is now 50%, increasing to 71% for those whose disease is caught early.
Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. Over 30,000 people are diagnosed yearly 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 work of the MMRF and their partners, the FDA has approved ELEVEN new treatments in the time that it usually takes for ONE new drug to come to market with additional treatment options in the pipeline. New and multiple treatment options are necessary because myeloma is a cunning disease which morphs overtime and becomes resistant to various drug protocols, meaning patients often need new treatment alternatives 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 toward research and related programs. The MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for 16 years.
Please support our commitment and help us reach our goal of raising $20,000 to fund research efforts in seeking a cure for multiple myeloma. Please contribute whatever you can and join our support team! It all adds up!
Love, hugs and a heartfelt thank you. Pat and Gary
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