2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid

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While I was growing up, my dad was superman. Working out was part of his regular routine. I sat on his feet and counted his situps.  He would take my little brother and me to the local highschool track to play while he ran laps.  We would go cheer him on at a local marathon or even when he finished his routine 5K around the neighborhood.  He taught me how to ride a bike and helped me get over my fear of swimming by catching me jumping off the diving board.  He ran with me during my first 5K race. He was my fitness role model.  

In my eyes, he was invincible, and spiritually he still is.

Unfortunately, multiple myeloma took that lifestyle away.  He lost his battle in March of 1998 after fighting the disease for 6 years.  At the time, it was a rare blood cancer, but it has significantly grown in numbers in the last 20 years.  In 2015, I will be participating in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 26, 2015 as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

The work 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 for this event is a big 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 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 Goal: Raise $5,000 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.

Please support my participation in the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid benefiting the MMRF.  I have made a commitment to raise at least $5,000, and I need your help to get there.  Please contribute whatever you can.  It all adds up!

Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization.


Jenny Briganti

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