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Remembering Richie

Erin Kozakis

Erin Kozakis

This year, I am participating in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run in memory of my dad. I am amazed at how many people I have met in the last three years who have a loved one with this supposedly rare cancer. MMRF is working to find a cure so that no one else has to loose someone they love to MM, and they strides they have made are remarkable.

So here is my PSA (a.k.a. things I wish I had known or thought about when my dad got sick):
-Incurable (and unexplainable) back pain, loss of appetite, bone pain, and nausea can be signs of MM
-Don't ever let a doctor tell you "well, you're just getting older..." when you know that's not the case.
-If you don't get answers from a doctor, go to another one until you find the answers you need.
-Get 2nd opinions

And now the information that MMRF has graciously provided:

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.

Thank You!

* 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!

Comments

$240
raised of $200 goal
 

Donations

$50.00
1. KKKimberly Kozakis
$50.00
2. KSKen And Jan Stottler
Gone but not forgotten! Hard to believe it's been three years since Rich passed away. Since then, we have heard of two other friends who died of this horrible disease.
$25.00
3. JHJill Hutchinson
$10.00
4. JBJulia Buzard
$50.00
5. EMEric Morong
$25.00
6. Erin Kozakis

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