Dear Friends and Family,
Carmen Phaneuf, my wife, has been a Multiple Myeloma patient for... well... it will be 17 years in September when I participate in the Road to Victories Vermont to Quebec Ride as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. She (and our daughter, Rachael, and I) are clearly part of a lucky group - she is alive and extremely active. Actively being treated, too. Many of you have been along for this ride and may scratch your head thinking, "I thought she was over that"..?!? Why I'm pedaling again is to continue to raise money and awareness as THERE IS STILL NO CURE.
The work ahead of me? Cycle for 5 days over varied and challenging terrain and raise at least $5,000 to support the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge for me, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
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.
I'm 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.
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!