This year, I will be virtually participating in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run in Charlotte, NC. I have committed to raising awareness and funds to accelerate finding a cure for multiple myeloma, which is the second most common blood cancer and is incurable.
As many of you know my 2nd mom, Linda, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma almost 4 years ago.
January 1st marked Linda’s two-year stem cell transplant anniversary. Most of her labs remain in the normal ranges, but her M protein started to increase which resulted in an increase in her daily chemo drug Revlimid. This medication keeps her white cell count low so she’s at a greater risk of getting sick. The increase seems to be helping as her M protein count decreased. Hopefully this continue.
Over the last year Linda had many experiences:
Some good; visiting a friend who breeds Australian Terrier puppies (this was the breed of her late companion Tucker) she was in puppy heaven, overnights at places she's always wanted to go and a very special visit with me and my sister in NC.
Some not so good; due to a weakened immune system she developed pneumonia over Christmas, also during this time her right shoulder started to hurt. This was scary as the surgeon who she saw to find out what was going on was the same person who diagnosed her with Myeloma Thanksgiving 2014. Luckily no active myeloma was found, so PT was recommended. Unfortunately, PT hasn’t helped so rotator cuff surgery was recommended. For the time being guided steroid shots will buy her time.
Linda isn’t letting anything stop her from living life. “No” isn’t in her vocabulary. Next stop is Las Vegas! She may not be able to do everything she’s been able to do, but that doesn’t stop life!
More about the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF): It was established in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.
As the world's number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $330 million since its inception and directs 90% of total budget to research and related programming. The MMRF has received a “Best in America” Seal of Excellence from the Independent Charities of America, and an “A+” rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. The MMRF has been recognized by Philanthropedia as one of 16 expert-identified, high-impact nonprofits in the field of cancer. We are also in compliance with all of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability. Rated 1 of 2 highly rated cancer organizations from Consumer Reports.
Please support my participation in the MMRF Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run. Your donation will have a meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of patients and their families! The MMRF is bringing treatments to trial 60 percent faster than the industry standard and tripling life expectancy. THIS IS SCIENCE, NOT FICTION. The MMRF needs your support. History is being made, so I invite you to join us.
Thank You for your support!