On October 13, 2019, I will be participating in the Chicago Marathon as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. I've been waiting to do this for a while now, and it's time for me to finally commit.
Now, I know some of you might be thinking, "Why on Earth would Lemoine put himself through this?" The work of foundations like the MMRF has meant everything to families of patients with multiple myeloma. Personally, the MMRF made it possible for my ENTIRE family to be present AND healthy at some of the happiest moments in my life - including when walking across the stage at my college graduation.
Unfortunately, not as many families are fortunate as mine. Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, though much progress has been made, it still has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers.
I'm honored to be part of the action that helps to 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 (and there are 2-3 more treatment options right around the corner).
This is incredibly 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 if 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.
I only have two goals for my campaign. The first - raise $2,500 for the MMRF. The second - avoid finishing the marathon in an ambulance.
You can help me accomplish my first goal by supporting my participation in the 2019 Chicago Marathon. I have made a commitment to raise at least $2,500, and I know that I can get there with a little help from my friends (and family). Please contribute whatever you can - it all adds up!
Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing organization.
P.S. If you aren't able to donate your capital but still wanna help out, I'm thinking of some more ~unique~ opportunities for people to support this campaign in alternative ways. Stay tuned.