Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you for taking the time to read about my page as my main goal is to raise awareness. As you know, 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.
The work ahead of me? Race 26.2 miles and raise at least $1,750 for the MMRF. Training for this event will be a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.
Someone extremely close to me has multiple myeloma. He is on his second round and appears that he will have it for life. He saved so many lives during his 30 years as a dedicated fire fighter for Elk Grove Village. Knowing this disease would be a result of a job he loved, wouldn't have stopped him. Although I married my prince, this man will always be my king. He is strong. He is my hero. He's my dad.
Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. Over 30,000 people are diagnosed yearly with multiple myeloma and an estimated 12,000 are predicted to die each year from the disease. It is a blood cancer that affects plasma cells. These accumulate in bone marrow, crowding normal plasma cells that help fight infection. Abnormal proteins develop which may cause tumors, kidney damage, and impair the immune system.
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 their partners, the FDA has approved TEN new treatments in the time that it usually takes for ONE new drug to come to market. There are more treatment options in the pipeline.
This is so important 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. Nearly 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 16 years.
The Goal: Raise awareness of this unfortunate disease and complete my first full marathon without falling on my face.
Please support my participation in the Chicago Marathon benefiting the MMRF. Whether it is through funding to help advance the science of curing cancer or keeping these individuals in your thoughts and prayers.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much!
Thank you and God Bless,