Dear Family and Friends,
I will be participating in the 2019 Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures and on behalf of my dear cousin and friend, Debbie Tierney. Debbie and her three daughters, Jessica, Amanda and Cassidy, have been through so much. To honor not just Debbie, but Debbie's daughers, her brothers and her parents strength, I'm running for them and those who are not able to participate in such an event.
To give you an overview after weeks of being sick, Debbie went into kidney failure and was finally diagnosed with MM on November 8, 2016. Shortly after her diagnosis, she was admitted to Rush University in Chicago and began a six-month journey of treatments for her MM and kidney failure.
In July of 2017 after seven rounds of chemo, she underwent an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant and spent three weeks in the hospital rebuilding her strength and immunity. Thanks to the prayers and support of our family, friends and the team of Drs. at Rush – Debbie is now in remission and receiving maintenance therapy for her MM.
MM is incurable, however the MMRF has raised over $330 million since its inception and directs 90% of total budget to research and related programming. The girls and Debbie's life was turned upside down after my her diagnosis, which is why I've decided to run for a cause and support the MMRF and its commitment to investing in research science and technology to find a cure for this terrible disease.
The work ahead of me? Race 26.2 miles and raise at least $1,750 for the MMRF. Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma. I will need all the support I can get. I'll need 26 people at mile markers for encouragement and probably a little reminder as to why I'm completing this huge challenge.
Please support my participation in the Chicago Marathon benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise funds to help find a cure.
Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization.
I appreciate all your support. A little can go a long way.
All my love,