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Laura Cozak

Laura Cozak

Hi Friends and Family,
Join Me! I have committed to raising awareness and funds to accelerate finding a cure for multiple myeloma (MM), which is the second most common blood cancer and is incurable. Your generosity truly makes a difference, as funds raised through the MMRF have helped to:
Nearly triple patient survival
Deliver eleven new treatments in a decade
Launch over 80 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. As the world's number-one private funder of 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 & 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.

Sept 2nd marked the 10 year anniversary of my MM diagnosis! Lucky for me the landscape of MM treatment has shown much growth and advancement in the last decade. While a cure has not yet been found, there has been several promising new drugs approved for treatment. One of the drugs I am currently on (Ninlaro) is an example of one of these recently approved drugs. I also take Revlimid & Dexamethasone but they’ve been around quite a while. This 3 drug therapy will hopefully continue to do its job in delaying progression for me. I pray a cure will soon be on the horizon and am enthusiastic about all the MMRF does to further this goal. That is why in 2013, a few years after my diagnosis, I created Team CHCM when signing up to participate in their Team for Cures Chicago 5k event. I look to the MMRF as a trusted partner in my raising funds for MM research. My team name honors 3 friends fathers also diagnosed with MM. The acronym CHCM stands for our 4 names. Pat Cassidy and Don Moline passed before my dx and Horst Hohendorf, who I’m sad to say just passed in July. Please keep his family in your prayers. Each year we have walked to remember and honor them. Walking this 5k is symbolic but it goes much deeper. I receive strength from each of them who have walked this MM road before me & the many MM friends who are currently walking this path with me.
Please join Team CHCM on Sunday 9/15. It is always a inspiring, hopeful & fun event. The last few years, after the event we have walked over to The Dock (a casual outdoor restaurant right on the beach) for lunch. Come one, come all!

Thanks for your love & support through these years!
xo, Laura

* 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!

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$1,200
raised of $500 goal
 

Achievements

Donations

$35.00
1. SPSara Price
2. AFAdrian Fajardo
Hope you had a great time at the 5K
$100.00
3. RGRaymond Gunter
Sorry I couldn’t be there to walk with you. Hope you’re doing great!
$50.00
4. CSCathy Stubbs
$100.00
5. RRichard and Joyce Cozak
$100.00
6. NANancy And Bob Allen
Captain

Team CHCM

$1,465
$800

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