On October 18, 2020 I will be running the Virtual New York City Marathon in honor of my mom, Kim Baldanza. In January 2018, she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the second most common form of blood cancer. After many rounds of treatments and two stem cell transplants, she is back to living the life she loves. This is all thanks to her amazing doctors, nurses, and the research made possible by organizations including the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. Thanks to the work of the MMRF and its partners, the FDA has approved ELEVEN new treatments in the time it usually takes to approve just one! The MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for 16 years, and nearly 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming.
My goal is to race 26.2 miles and raise $3,000 for the MMRF. Training for and racing this event will be a challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma. I’ve always known my mom is tough, but watching her go through treatment has taught me the true definition of determination and grit. Her positive attitude has been an incredible inspiration.
My mom has always been my biggest supporter, including being there to watch me finish my first marathon in November 2018, just a few weeks after her first stem cell transplant. It is the least I can do to run this race for her and to help give back so that treatments for multiple myeloma can continue to improve and hopefully lead to a cure. I have made a commitment to raise at least $3,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up! All money fundraised in 2020 with the virtual race will be carried over to secure a spot in a future TCS NYC Marathon. My mom gives to others in so many selfless ways, and this is a perfect opportunity to give back in her honor. I appreciate your support!
Thank you so much!