I will be participating in the Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.
In 2015, my mom was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the second most common form of blood cancer. While outcomes are slowly improving, multiple myeloma still has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers.
But organizations like the MMRF are working to change this: in the past decade, the MMRF and its partners have managed to get FDA approval for 10 new treatments in the time that it typically takes one single drug to come to the market. This is important because multiple myeloma is a dynamic disease which morphs over time, meaning that patients will often seek multiple treatment options.
My mom is currently under aggressive treatment and the new options offered to us even in the past few years since her diagnosis have given us hope that a permanent cure will come in her lifetime.
I started running in 2013 and so far have completed three full marathons and eleven half marathons. I've gone from 40+ minute 5K runner to 4:26 marathoner and 1:54 half marathoner. It's been thrilling to see the reception from others to my journey in this sport and I am so excited to turn that into change for my mom and for others to suffer from this disease.
Please consider donating so that we can continue to work towards a cure for this disease - with time I truly believe we will be able to find a cure so that MM patients and their families can have greater hope for the future.
Any contribution - big or small - makes a difference!
In 2016, I raised over $3200 for the MMRF while training for the New York City Marathon and I am so excited for the opportunity to raise funds again.
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 take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization.
Thanks and love always,
Jenna & the Lavin family