I will be participating in the Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.
I am running this race on behalf of my Grandma Mille (#ForMillie) who has been fighting MM for the past 8 years and still shows so much energy when she is around the people she loves. She, and I'm serious, danced until 1AM at my brother's wedding, well into the after party and outlasting a good amount of the younger guests.
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.
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 Chicago Marathon benefiting the MMRF. I have made a commitment to raise at least $1,750 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.
Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!