On April 29th I will once again be participating in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run in Boston.
I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, in 2008. I am in remission because of treatments that were developed with funding from the MMRF. Deb and I are grateful for that research and walk as our small way of giving back, with the hope that in the future a cure will be found.
If you are like me, when making a charitable contribution you want to be sure that it is used well. Since its inception the MMRF has funded significant research into treatments for multiple myeloma. This research has led to FDA approval of 10 new medications which have tripled the life expectancy for those of us with this disease. The MMRF continues to provide financial support for research and new clinical trials that develop new therapies for multiple myeloma patients who relapse and for those for whom other treatments have not worked.
When I started walking in 2010 I did so in memory of Stanley Wells, the late husband of my good friend Joyce. When Stanley was diagnosed with multiple myeloma I had never heard of the disease. Little did I know that two decades later I would be diagnosed with the same disease.
This year I am walking with a team of friends, family, and fellow patients and caregivers, not only memory of Stanley, but in memory of three other friends who passed away in 2016. I am dedicating my walk to Stanley Wells, Joe Banish, Denise Holyoak, and Pat Smith. They are reminders that despite the advances that have been made in the treatment of multiple myeloma and other blood cancers, there is still much to be done.
Many multiple myeloma patients will be walking with me. Since multiple myeloma is incurable, each one of us may relapse at some point. Thanks to the MMRF we have options. I am dedicated to walking and raising funds so that there will always be more options, and a cure, in the future.
Please consider helping us by either joining our team and walking with us, or making a donation to fund future research. Thank you very much.
* Did you know you can double your impact in seconds? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees.
Find out if your employer offers this benefit! Visit the MMRF Matching Gifts website (themmrf.org/matchinggifts) or ask your Human Resources Department!