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Shultz Stampede Against Multiple Myeloma hits San Francisco this Saturday!

This Saturday, April 2, my family and I will be participating in the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures 5K Walk/Run in support of my dad Ted, who was diagnosed with this incurable blood cancer in 2010.

Many of you generously supported us when we ran the Big Sur Marathon to raise money for the MMRF in 2011 and again when we participated in this 5K Walk in 2014 (not to mention countless gestures of emotional support every step along the way). What you may not have known is how much I had hoped my dad would have been able to join us for those events, as a lifelong runner and general warrior through virtually everything, but his health at those times did not allow him to travel. How much I wished I could have seen his face at those finish lines.

This year, against all odds, that’s different. My dad will be at the finish line, but he'll also be joining us to walk those miles along the bay, something at many times over the past six years we thought might never be possible. His words say it best:

“…But I am also walking in a celebration of simply being able to do so as I approach the sixth anniversary of my diagnosis and in grateful appreciation of the efforts of the MMRF over the past 18 years which have paved the road to lengthening my life. Many of you have contributed on my behalf in past years, especially when Hillary and Brad ran the Big Sur marathon for a MMRF team, and I want to thank you for your generosity. On a personal note, I want to thank her for her incredible support of me during my illness and her contributions to the MMRF, including the recent expedition to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Although in better health I would have chosen to participate in that climb, I am grateful to be able to walk in San Francisco next month.

I believe that funds generated from events such as these have truly made a difference. At the time of my diagnosis in 2010, my search of the medical literature indicated a survival of 36 months might be a lucky outcome of available therapy. However, research and clinical trials supported by the MMRF over the past 12 years have resulted in the approval and availability of 10 new drugs, of which I am currently receiving my fifth. I am grateful for every advance in treatment.”

To put that into further perspective, had his life been limited to that 36 months after diagnosis, he would likely have missed my brother's wedding. Missed another brother starting high school. Anniversaries. Family vacations. Becoming a grandfather once, and then again. The treatments he's benefitted from, a direct result of that funding, have given him more than twice that time to make many, many special memories with all of us. There's no way to put a value on hearing my son say, "Papa," and KNOW him. I once thought there was no way that would ever happen. For these reasons, there is no way to adequately thank everyone who has helped make all of what we've appreciated these past six years possible. There really isn't.

To give you more background on the The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), it 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 $300 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.

Thank You!

Hillary

* Did you know you can double your impact in seconds? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Find out if your employer offers this benefit! Visit the MMRF Matching Gifts website (www.themmrf.org/matchinggifts) or ask your Human Resources Department!

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