We will be participating in the New York City Marathon on November 6th, 2016 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. We both could not be more enthusiastic to be a part of a charity team that hits so close to home.
The work ahead of us: Train for and race 26.2 miles and raise at least $3,000 for the MMRF. Training for this event will be a challenge but nothing compared to what my mom has faced in the last year. And with the backing of an organization like MMRF the encouragement in knowing our running will raise awareness and funds to support an organization that has direclty impacted our family.
The Goal: Raise $3,000 for the MMRF!
Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, sadly, has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. But while there is no cure, great progress is being made. My mom is living proof of that!
In fact, thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the world's leading private funder of myeloma research, the FDA has approved six new treatments, including two in just the past 24 months – a track record that's unparalleled in the world of oncology. These drugs have doubled the lifespan of myeloma patients. And now the MMRF is funding 21 additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to tens of thousands of patients and their families. Mom is in a study at Dana Farber and it is organizations like MMRF that have helped to fund clinical trials like the one she is in.The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. An outstanding 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming. And the MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the past eleven years in a row.
Please support our participation in the New York City Marathon. We have made a commitment to raise at least $3,000, and I need your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!
We also ask for your thoughts and prayers as we train, for our family so we can best support mom through her treatment, and most importantly for mom who lives and fights cancer daily.
Ed & Lauren