2019 will mark the 9th year that our team will participate in the MMRF Multiple Myeloma 5K Walk/Run Team for Cures program in continued support of my son, Nate, and in memory of Jeff Carlson (a friend of Nate’s) as Team Jeffy C and TNT.
Come join our team or consider donating - it’s a great way to spend a few hours walking around a lake, enjoying the outdoors, and supporting a great cause.
Nate was diagnosed with a plasmacytoma (single tumor like those found in Multiple Myeloma) in 2008 and ultimately, with Multiple Myeloma (MM) in 2010 at the age of 28 (only 2% of patients diagnosed with MM are under the age of 40). He has been through surgery to remove the baseball-sized skull-based plasmacytoma, a cervical fusion to stabilize what the tumor destroyed, 5 weeks of radiation therapy, oral and IV chemotherapy, and an autologous stem cell transplant (using his own stem cells). He is currently in remission, but there is no cure for Multiple Myeloma (which is a cancer of one type of white blood cell, the plasma cell) and it always comes back. It's just a matter of when...
Jeff was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2009 (also under the age of 40) and despite undergoing high dose chemotherapy with an autologous stem cell transplant and an allogeneic stem cell transplant (using his brother’s stem cells), Jeff died from his Multiple Myeloma in 2012 at the age of 34.
Research into new drug therapies has changed the average lifespan of someone with Multiple Myeloma from 3 years up to 8 years and counting. There have been over 6 new drugs for Multiple Myeloma approved in the last few years. That means not only another option for treatment, but another treatment combination. Let's allow them to continue the research needed to make this a chronic disease, or better yet, to find a cure.
Thank you so much for your support!