Hi friends and family!
I will be participating in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 26, 2015 on the Myeloma Research Foundation Team For Cures. As I watched friends and athletes cross the finish line over the final hours of Ironman Lake Placid 2014 I felt incredibly inspired and realized that Ironman Maryland was not going to be my second and last Ironman after all. It occurred to me while volunteering and supporting friends that I am eager to keep learning, growing, setting new goals, and I want to pursue my Ironman passion for something larger than myself. I look forward to taking the next step to continue something I have fallen in love with to make a difference. The day after volunteering Ironman Lake Placid I learned that the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is the official charity partner for IMLP. I knew that day that I wanted to race with MMRF Team for Cures.
My Aunt Mary lives with Multiple Myeloma and I will race with the MMRF team for her and everyone who is faced with the challenges of MM. I will also race in memory of my dear friend Kara who left our world on October 24, 2014. She was the one who taught me to ride hills before my first Ironman and she taught me so much more.
The goals ahead of me? Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles and raise at least $5,000 for the MMRF. Training and fundraising for this event is a challenge, but I know it is nothing compared to the challenges faced by those who live with Multiple Myeloma.
The Goal: Raise at least $35,000 for the MMRF!
Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. While there is no cure, great progress is being made. My commitment is to increase awareness and raise at least $35,000 for the MMRF.
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. 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.
I’m looking forward to the upcoming events I am working on to support the Multiple Myeloma Team for Cures. I will teach donation yoga classes and organize a number of exciting fundraising events. I appreciate any fundraising and event ideas and suggestions so please feel free to contact me. I am excited to be part of the MMRF team and to have the opportunity to make a difference with Multiple Myeloma. I appreciate all of the support and encouragement that I’ve received throughout my triathlon and yoga journey and hope you’ll follow along and help support MMRF 2015 Ironman Lake Placid Team for Cures. You may follow my training and fundraising progress on my blog and on facebook.com/yogapeach.
Please support my participation in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid benefiting the MMRF. Your donation is tax-deductible and will go directly toward the research and development of a cure for cancer. I appreciate your help to get there. Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up! Thank you for your support and generosity. I am so incredibly excited to be part of the Ironman Lake Placid MMRF team!
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