Dear Friends and Family,
The impossible is not only possible, it's necessary.
It's been a while since I finished the Boston Marathon with brothers David and Brad, and it's time to take on something new and totally different... a long-distance cycling challenge!
Part of this is driven by the fact that I’ve been “grounded” from running by my doctor, due to my recent relapse that was confirmed just after we signed up for the ride. Reviewing my annual MRI, several new tumors were detected in my hips and a large one on my acetabulum that might not hold up for running or high impact trekking. It’s deja vu from 2 years ago, as one week after being accepted to run the Boston Marathon, tests showed I had relapsed. So back I go to “Chemo cross training”.
We will be participating in the Road to Victories Vermont to Quebec Ride in September 2019 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. Our group of cyclists will ride through scenic small-town Vermont before taking on the challenging ride across the Canadian border to finish in Quebec.
The work ahead of us? Cycle for 5 days over varied and challenging terrain and raise at least $15,000 to support the MMRF. Training for this event is a particularly big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by other MM survivors.
Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, though much progress has been made, myeloma still has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers.
We are so proud to be part of the ACTION that is helping fund and fuel important research: Thanks to the important work of the MMRF and our partners, the FDA has approved TEN 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.
I am currently taking a new drug, Pomalyst, that didn’t exist 8 years ago when I was diagnosed! Your support is making a huge difference in my life!
This is so important because there are 12 different types of multiple myeloma and it 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 our participation in the Road To Victories Ride benefiting the MMRF. We three have made a commitment to raise at least $15,000 and 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!
Jeff, David and Brad
Ramona, Jayne and Kellie