Gregg's MMRF Team
This year I am participating in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run on April 2 at UCSF. Since I won’t be in SF at the time I am not able to take part in the walk personally, but I am registered as a Virtual Participant (I’ll be kicking back on my sailboat and sending out good vibes).
As you know I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM) in 2012 and underwent treatment shortly thereafter. Years ago MM was not only incurable, but had a poor prognosis with a life expectancy of 2-3 years. Today there are more and more new treatments which are effective in improving quality of life and extending life expectancy. The MMRF has been in the forefront of the research and implementation of these treatments. MM is still technically considered incurable. However, following the excellent treatment I had at UCSF under Dr. Thomas Martin I am currently in complete remission. As far as I’m concerned, "I’m cured, that’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it." Of course I still undergo routine exams to monitor the disease and it’s possible recurrence, but psychologically I’m confident and feel I have a good many years ahead of me.
Since my diagnosis I have:
1) Gone to Giants Spring Training in Scottsdale with my old “On the Road Again” buddies (Pete, Rich & Jimmie D).
2) Bought a sailboat in SF with my daughter Camila and sailed on the Bay for a couple of years.
3) Went on a “Honeymoon” with Etna in Hawaii (first time we had actually taken a vacation on our own).
4) Went to my 50th High School reunion back in South Bend, Ind.
5) Went on a cruise along the Baja with Etna (shortly after she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer).
6) Was able to be there with Etna during her cancer treatments (she is also in complete remission).
7) Was able to witness my son Oliver become a member of the Venezuelan Simon Bolivar Big Band Jazz playing trumpet.
8) Took a trip to London, Central Europe, and India with Etna.
9) Recently bought a sailboat in Florida with Camila and sailed to Cuba and back. I’m currently on the boat and plan to sail around the Caribbean for awhile.
Without the MMRF and the strides that have been made in treating MM, none of this would have been possible. In fact I may well have been 6 feet under by now (or 6 fathoms as the case may be). In any case I’m extremely grateful and am taking part in their fundraiser this year. I’m sending this out to friends and family and asking for any donation you feel comfortable with. If not monetary then just with your thoughts and good wishes.
Thanks to all of you for being part of my life. Gregg