It's official!! I will be participating in the NYC Marathon on November 6, 2016 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures. 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 currently, great progress is being made.
I raced in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid 2015 and the IRONMAN World Championship 2015 on the MMRF Team For Cures and I am so grateful for all of the support received. I raced on the team because my aunt lived with Multiple Myeloma and to remember a friend. We said goodbye to my Aunt Mary this year in March and it is important for me to continue the journey with the MMRF Team for Cures.
With 92 days to train and race I appreciate the opportunity to particpate in the NYC Marathon. I am grateful to pursue a passoin of mine to help raise awarness and funds for cancer research. Those who've followed my triathlon and Ironman journey know that running is my weakest sport. The NYC Marathon will be my first standalone marathon. I'm super excited about my goals and new challenges ahead! I hope that by racing a full marathon it will not only challenge my body but challenge my mind. I will enjoy and appreciate the journey ahead.
The work ahead of me? Race 26.2 miles and raise awareness and funds for the MMRF. Training for this event may be a challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma. 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.
In fact, thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the world's leading private funder of myeloma research, the FDA has approved ten new treatments in just 12 years, a track record that's unparalleled in the world of oncology. These drugs have almost tripled the lifespan of myeloma patients. And now the MMRF is funding additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to tens of thousands of patients and their families.
The Goal: Please help me raise funds for the MMRF!
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.
You may follow my training and fundraising progress on my blog and on yogapeach.com and facebook.com/yogapeach. Please support my participation in the 2016 NYC Marathon 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.
Keli Yoga Peach