Join Me! The MMRF is removing obstacles faster and extending lives. But we need your help.
I was diagnosed with stage 3 multiple myeloma in 1998 after I had lost 4.5" in height due to compression fractures in my lower spine. I had 8 cycles of chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant. I was in remission for about 3 years. When I relapsed, there were still no new treatments approved by the FDA, but I used thalidomide off-label to control the myeloma until Revlimid was approved in 2006. Revlimid worked for about 8 years until I had to stop taking it because my blood counts were going too low. I am now in the fourth year of a clinical trial of the combination of carfilzomib, pomalyst and dexamethasone which has been very effective. We have come a long way since the 2-3 year life expectancy when I was first diagnosed, but there is still no cure for myeloma.
BC, i.e. Before Cancer, I spent 31 years on active duty in the Navy. I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964, and spent my career in submarines. After retiring from active duty, I taught NJROTC in Chicago for five years until my health started to decline.
This year, I will be a virtual participant in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures Chicago 5K Walk/Run. 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. The last couple of years, completing the 5K has been a challenge, so I have decided to let those younger than I take my place in Chicago, but I do want to help find a cure for myeloma. Your generosity truly makes a difference, as funds raised at this event in the past have helped to:
Nearly tripled patient survival
Deliver ten new treatments in a decade
Launched over 60 new clinical trials
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) 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. They 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. You can contribute on-line by clicking the DONATE button at the top of this page, or you can mail a check payable to "MMRF" to me at:
Dryden MI 48428-9501
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