Dear Friends and Family,
I will be participating in the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) program in July 2020 by climbing Mount Washington to raise funds and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures in honor of my sister.
Growing up in a small town in Vermont on the Connecticut River, I developed a passion for the outdoors and started hiking in the White Mountains in Middle School. After moving to Massachusetts soon after college, I eventually joined the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) and was an active member. This experience strengthened my passion for hiking.
In recent years, I join my closest friend from college and other friends and family for an annual overnight hike to an AMC hut in the White Mountains.
My sister was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015. It was devastating news as the disease had progressed extensively in a short period of time and she had a large tumor on her spine. Today her treatments are keeping her stable and she has been doing well. I discovered MM4MM, while googling "Fundraising for MM" and this could not be a better fit for me. I can participate in an activity I love and raise funds for MM research to help my sister.
My sister has been able to witness the birth of her three grandchildren and I hope and pray she has many many more years with us to enjoy other family milestones through the effort of MMRF research programs.
Please join me and donate to find a cure for this disease. Follow me in honor of my sister to the top of Mt. Washington this summer and help fulfill the hopes and prayers of those suffering with MM today.
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.
The work ahead of me? Climb 6,288 feet above sea level to the highest peak east of the Mississippi and raise at least $3,500 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.
Please support my participation in the Mount Washington Trek benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $3,500 and I 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 so much!
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