On October 19th I am participating in the Multiple Myeloma Foundation Team for Cures 5k in NYC. I will be walking in support of my brother Tom who is battling this very aggressive blood cancer (some of his story below). MM research is underfunded as Multiple Myeloma is less common than other cancers. That is why any donation you can make is SO important. There have been huge strides in recent years based on generous donations fueling new research and treatments. Donations are the chief driver in those strides which are giving Tom, and others like him a chance at survival. So Please consider donating to support Tom and all other MM patients in their fight. And if you are really up for it, we would love to have you sign up and join our team, TS2, in the walk! Thank you for your support and if there are any questions please reach out!! Thank you again!!
Tom was diagnosed in the summer of 2015 after having spent several months following up with various specialists who were baffled by the cause of a number of illnesses he was experiencing. Once they determined the cause, his doctors sent him to Memorial Sloan Kettering. There, due to his age, they started on an aggressive treatment plan. Posted survival rates for this type of cancer fell under 48 months even a few years ago. Only 1% of MM patients are under the age of 35 and that is where Tom fit when diagnosed so it was a total shock. He spent some time processing and dealing with the results and then decided to take it head on and with the best of spirits. His doctors decided to do a stem cell transplant in March of 2016. Some view this as the last option for treatment but his doctors have been aggressive. He spent weeks in the hospital and months outside of work. He went back to work late summer of 2016 and has been at it since. While he is not totally cancer free the treatment has helped tremendously. He continues on a cycle of chemo drugs to help keep his cancer numbers in check. I have to say I am really proud and humbled by the way he has dealt with and approached his fight. So his siblings thought it was the least we could do to help fund raise and support the research that is helping people like Tom continue to battle.
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This year, Team TS2 will once again be participating in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run. We 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.
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Find out if your employer offers this benefit! Visit the MMRF Matching Gifts website (themmrf.org/matchinggifts) or ask your Human Resources Department!