Team Albanese Chad's Champions
Dear Family and Friends:
This year, Chad's Champions and Team Albanese will be joining forces!! We didn't want to lose the essence of Jim or Chad in creating a new team, so we simply merged the names as we are merging the teams. Each year for the past three years, between the two teams, we have won the largest team award. We hope to do it again this year. We are excited to unite these two dynamic teams to make one large superpower in the fight against Multiple Myeloma!
Jim Albanese was 40 years old when he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. After two years of fighting, Jim passed away in August of 2017. His wife Andrea, his five children- Christopher, Jacob, Evie, Gianna, and Lucy- and his many friends and family continue to race in his memory.
Chad O'Neil was 39 years old when he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. He fought hard for five months before passing away in November of 2015. His wife, Audra, children- Matthew and Connor- and his many friends and family continue to race in his memory.
Over the past few years, our families have come together through the introduction of a mutual friend, Megan Marzluff. Together, we have leaned on each other and gained strength from each other. It is natural for us to forge forward together with all of you who have loved and supported Jim and Chad and our families throughout our journeys.
Please Join Us! The MMRF is removing obstacles faster and extending lives. But we need your help.
Multiple Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer and is incurable. We pray to find the cure and the cause. Your generosity truly makes a difference, as funds raised at this event 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. 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 our 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 we invite you to join us.
Audra and Andrea
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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!
- MOMatthew O'Neil
- COConnor O'Neil
- NHNicolas Herrera
- JHJackson Herrera
- GHGabriel Herrera
- CHCameron Herrera
- MHMia Herrera
- CHCora Herrera
- JSJeff Stratford
- LSLuke Stratford
- ESEllie Stratford