Friends & family,
When I was 15, my mom and I were spending a summer weekend with my Great Aunt Ruthie at her beautiful home in Lake Placid. While there, my mother told me she had been diagnosed with a type of cancer called Multiple Myeloma. About a year and a half later, while being treated for MM, she was given a second diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and passed away shortly after my 17th birthday.
On September 10, 2017, I will be participating in the IRONMAN 70.3 in Lake Placid as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures.
If you knew my mother, you probably know she could be a little competitive... and let's just say curly hair isn't the only thing I got from her. I'll be training hard for this thing; 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run. I don't need help with my physical training, but I do need help raising money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. $2,500 is the minimum, but what child of Miriam Messe would choose to do the minimum?? So I ask you to help me in my goal of raising $5,000 for the MMRF because although my mom never got the chance to beat her MM, others do.
Below I have left in some of the pre-constructed message provided for us to send out. Read it, or not. But please consider donating to this great foundation.
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 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. And the MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the past eleven years in a row.
Please support my participation in the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $2,500, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!
Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization.