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On Saturday, September 28, 2013, I plan to participate in the MMRF Ann Landers Race for Research: Chicago.
As the world's number-one funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $225 million to fund research worldwide. I hope you will be able to support my efforts and this wonderful organization. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support.
My Multiple Myeloma Story
While on a canoe trip in July 1998, I suffered a 60% compression fracture of my L2 vertebrae. By the time I was diagnosed with stage 3 multiple myeloma in October '98, I had multiple fractures and had lost 4.5 " in height. A bone marrow biopsy showed an 80% tumor burden.
After 8 cycles of chemotherapy, I had an autologous stem cell transplant in 9/99. After recovering from the transplant, I enjoyed over three years of remission. Since relapsing in 2003, I have been able to keep the myeloma under control using drugs that have become available in the past few years thanks to research facilitated by the MMRF.
Another common complication for myeloma patients is kidney problems. I am currently dealing with stage 3 chronic kidney failure. I am spending one day a week on IV hydration, trying to avoid having to go on dialysis.
Need for Continued Research
Unfortunately, none of the drugs currently available work for all myeloma patients, nor do they work for individual patients forever. Over the past 15 years, I have lost many of my fellow travellers as they succumbed to this disease, including six of my Naval Academy classmates. Progress is being made as the average life expectancy for those diagnosed with myeloma has improved over the past 10 years from 2-3 years to 6-8 years, but we need continued research so that patients like us never run out of treatment options. This year, for the first time, I am optimistic that we are on the verge of being able to cure some myeloma patients.
To support my fundraising efforts by contributing online, click the "DONATE" link above my progress chart. You can also mail me a check payable to "MMRF." Thank you for your contribution to ensuring the continued progress needed to keep patients like me going.