I will be participating in IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid on September 10th, 2017 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.
The work ahead of me? Race 70.3 miles and raise at least $2,500 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenge I am facing as a Multiple Myeloma patient. I was attempting to compete last year at IM AZ, but ended up spending the Summer at MD Anderson receiving a stem cell transplant instead.
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. But while there is no cure, great progress is being made.
In fact, thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the world's leading private funder of myeloma research, the FDA has approved TEN new treatments, including FOUR in just the past 18 months – a track record that's unparalleled in the world of oncology. These drugs have almost tripled the lifespan of myeloma patients. And now the MMRF is funding over 20 additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to tens of thousands of patients and their families.
The Goal: Raise $2,500for the MMRF!
I will have the great fortune of competing side-by-side with three of my very best friends and supporters of this cause. Thanks to the overwhelming support of our local triathlon club (Team Rocket Tri-Club) in Huntsville Alabama, we are doing what we can to make a difference.
KEEP THE FAITH, and KEEP THE FIGHT!