Dear Friends and Family,
I will be participating in the Road to Victories Columbia River Gorge Ride in September 2020 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. A group of cyclists will cycle over 250 miles from Portland, Oregon to the Willamette Valley.
As many of you know, my wife Sue was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in November 2014. Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, sadly, has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. Fortunately, my wife was a good candidate for treatment and, after undergoing a successful Stem Cell Transplant, her disease has been in remission since August 2015. But not everyone diagnosed with this disease is as fortunate as we have been, and even with the success we have had, there is still no cure for Sue or for any of the thousands diagnosed with this disease each year.
I am dedicating my ride to Alan Dautch, my friend and colleague. Dr. Dautch was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December 2018, and died from the disease a short 2 months later. Sadly, my friend's passing is an all-too common result of this incurable disease.
But while there is no cure, great progress is being made. 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. And there are 2-3 more treatment options right around the corner.
This is so important because there are 12 different types of multiple myeloma, and 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. An outstanding 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 the past twelve years in a row. Please support my participation in the Road To Victories Ride benefiting the MMRF.
I have made a commitment to raise at least $5,000 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. Your tax deductible donation goes directly to help fast track lifesaving treatments for myeloma patients. Please donate whatever you can to support this great effort! It all adds up!
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