Being sick and running are two things I don't like, but here we are.
Last year, I failed a life insurance physical and went to Rush for a series of tests. I felt completely fine, so imagine my surprise when a bone marrow biopsy revealed cancer cells (and not cannoli cream or Nutella as expected). Once diagnosed with multiple myeloma, I spent hours reading everything I could about it. Over and over again, I saw the MMRF's name as a key partner in new and advanced myeloma treatments. Before the MMRF showed up, myeloma was mostly treated with Robitussin and neti pots. When I started treatment, I was given therapies that weren't even in existence just a few years ago. Research sponsored by the MMRF was critical in making those treatments available.
While I have no doubt that MMRF research will be instrumental in finding a cure, we're not there yet. As the MMRF has helped me, now its our turn to help the MMRF. If you've ever asked me for a pizza recommendation or laughed at my IG stories about washed up rappers, consider this a collection call. If you don't donate, I'll just assume you're rooting for the cancer.
Special recognition goes to Dr. Venu and all of the tenth floor nurses at Rush and Dr. Mehta at Northwestern. They're the real MVPs.
THANK YOU in advance for your donation!
If that appeal wasn't compelling enough, here are some official words from the MMRF:
Join Me! The MMRF is removing obstacles faster and extending lives. But we need your help.
This year, I will be participating in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures 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. Your generosity truly makes a difference, as funds raised at this event have helped to:
Nearly tripled patient survival
Deliver eleven new treatments in a decade
Launched 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. 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.
* 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!