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Fulfill a dream and make a difference. MMRF Team for Cures athletes take their love of physical activity and channel it into raising funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), one of the nation’s most groundbreaking cancer research organizations.


The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.

The MMRF has played a key role in the progress made against multiple myeloma. The incredible results achieved by the MMRF include:

  • 11 new drugs approved by the FDA in the past 10 years; 4 in 2015!
  • Tripled life expectancy for patients
  • First to sequence the myeloma genome
  • 350 research grants funded
  • 75+ clinical trials launched
  • 24 new treatments studied
  • 1,000 patients enrolled in the MMRF CoMMpass StudySM

Kathy Giusti has received many awards for her innovative leadership. In 2015, she was appointed to President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative working group. In 2014, she was ranked #19 on Fortune Magazine’s Worlds’ 50 Greatest Leaders. She was named an Open Science Champion of Change by the White House (2013) and was named to the TIME100 - the100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine (2011). She has also received the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Centennial Medal for Distinguished Public Service, and the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award among other honors.


As exceptional stewards of its donors’ investments, the MMRF consistently surpasses its peers in fiscal responsibility. Nearly 90% of the MMRF total budget goes directly towards research and related programming, one reason why the MMRF consistently earns top rankings from the nation's leading charity evaluators.


Many members of our teams have a direct connection to multiple myeloma. Others work in the medical, research or pharmaceutical industry. A growing group of team members join us because they are inspired to support an amazing foundation that is transforming the way cancer research and drug development are being conducted. They want to be a part of an organization that is leading the way in cancer research and bringing about changes that will have impact across many diseases.

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