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Dave Buhr

Dave Buhr

Dear Friends and Family,

I 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. I will be joining a dedicated group of cyclists who will ride through scenic small-town Vermont before taking on the challenging ride across the Canadian border to finish in Montreal, Quebec.

My Challenge is to cycle for 5 days over varied terrain and raise at least $5,000 to support the MMRF. Training for this event will be hard for me, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
I decided to do this fundraising ride because I feel a direct connection to this cause. Several people close to me have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and other blood cancers. My cycling friend and Grapevine neighbor Ret. Colonel Chuck Wakefield is an inspiration to me and others. A multiple myeloma survivor, he has continued to raise money for MMRF by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and riding his bicycle across America. My friend Susan Green, fellow First United Methodist Grapevine member, is also a survivor. Her husband Darrel and I have helped raise money over several years for Grapevine AMBUCS, a charity that focuses on providing therapeutic tricycles to special needs children. I will also be riding remembering my father, Charles Buhr, my mother in law, Bess Burr, and my former pastor, Ken Deihm (pictured above), all who passed from forms of Leukemia, a blood related cancer as is 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. If you donate $100 or more, please send me a business card size note or picture of the person you would like to honor, and I will laminate it and pin it to my jersey everyday and post pictures.

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!


Thanks!
Dave

Comments

$3,940
raised of $6,000 goal
 

Donations

$100.00
1. CSCharlie Stevens
Dave, I’m glad you are getting to do this for this great cause! I only wish I had the time! 😜 Take care of the colonel along the way ... head up, eyes on the road, right side of the road, and no talking (oh wait!). You’re doing a good thing. Have fun.
$40.00
2. NPNeil Payne
3. CMCarol Moffer
$150.00
4. DDDave Dudziak
$150.00
5. JLJim And Erin Lout
Great cause. Enjoy your ride.
$200.00
6. CWChuck Wakefield
So glad to have Dave on our team! He is an excellent cyclist as well as a very generous civic guy. Hopefully, he'll catch the MMRF cycling fever!

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