Dear Family and Friends,
UPDATE AS OF 3/9:
Last week, my friend Jeanie (referenced below) passed away from this terrible disease - another reason why finding a cure is so critical. Below is my original message and reason behind my fundraising efforts. This Sunday I'll be channeling Jeanie's strength and her spirit in her fight against multiple myeloma, and hope you'll donate to help us find a cure.
I will be participating in the 2020 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon on March 15, 2020 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.
As you all know, the MMRF is has been a constant in my life over the past 15+ years. They supported my dad while he was battling this incurable disease, and continued to make my mom, sister and I feel like family after my dad passed away over 10 years ago. I continue to run for them so that no one else has to lose their dad (or another family member or friend) too soon.
This year in particular, I am running to support my friend and patient Jeanie Dreyer, who is fighting a battle with multiple myeloma right now. Jeanie is a loving wife, mother of 4 (two sets of twins - she's Superwoman!), and probably the nicest person anyone could ever meet. When she was first diagnosed, she refused to back down, and ran the Boston marathon. She's run multiple 5Ks and has done the Spartan Race at Fenway, all for the MMRF. She truly is a superstar.
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.
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.
I hope you'll consider donating to my cause as I tackle 13.1 miles through Brooklyn and Manhattan. 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.
**Want to double your impact? Inquire if your company matches your charitable donations and submit your donation information through your company's portal or HR to receive a match! Forward me your confirmation email and I can get your match added to my fundraising total!**