On April 29th Allan and I will once again be participating in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Team for Cures 5k run/walk in Boston.
Your support of our efforts over the last 8 years has been invaluable. It is because of you that Allan’s treatment protocol was developed. Without research done by the MMRF and your continued support, I am not sure if Allan and countless others would be alive today. While I know that is a powerful statement, I am convinced that it is true.
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, 4 in 2015 alone, which have tripled the life expectancy for those with this disease. Each year the MMRF provides financial support for research and new clinical trials that promise to provide new therapies for multiple myeloma patients who relapse and for those for whom other treatments have not worked. Even with all these advancements, this year has been especially challenging for us. We have lost three very special friends: Two to multiple myeloma and another to a related blood cancer. Its impact has been great and makes us even more aware of how much work still needs to be done.
It is noteworthy to say that the research done by the MMRF not only helps myeloma patients, but all patients affected by cancer. In many cases the research done in one form of cancer translates directly to the advancements made in other types of cancer. Since there are few families untouched by a cancer diagnosis, your support not only helps those people with multiple myeloma, but helps all people facing a cancer diagnosis.
It is my hope that you will continue to support me this year. Please know that your support in the past has meant a great deal and I am deeply indebted.
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Find out if your employer offers this benefit! Visit the MMRF Matching Gifts website (themmrf.org/matchinggifts) or ask your Human Resources Department!