Deb's MyelNOma Crew
It's that time of year again, folks! My family, friends and I are participating in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s (MMRF) 2019 Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run in Chicago Sunday, September 15 at 9:00AM for my mom, Debbie Tierney and those who are battling Multiple Myeloma (MM), the second most common blood cancer.
After weeks of being sick, Debbie went into kidney failure and was finally diagnosed with MM on November 8, 2016 (ironically, a day that many Americans will never forget). Shortly after her diagnosis, she was admitted to Rush University in Chicago and began a six-month journey of treatments for her MM and kidney failure.
In July of 2017 after seven rounds of chemo, she underwent an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant and spent three weeks in the hospital rebuilding her strength and immunity. Thanks to the prayers and support of our family, friends and the team of Drs. at Rush – Debbie is doing great and stronger than ever. She continues to receive maintenance therapy for her MM, but that hasn't stopped her from her daily neighborhood walks, traveling, or cooking for my family.
MM is incurable, however the MMRF has raised over $330 million since its inception and directs 90% of total budget to research and related programming. Our family’s life was turned upside down after my mom’s diagnosis, which is why we’re walking for a cause as “Deb’s MyelNOma Crew” and supporting the MMRF and its commitment to investing in research, science and technology to find a cure for this terrible disease.
We hope you can join us in-person this September, but if not your support and donation will have a meaningful impact not only on my mom’s life, but for the lives of thousands of patients and their families around the country impacted by MM.