On February 5th, I'm running in the Empire State Building Run-Up, supporting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Multiple myeloma, also known as myeloma, is a hematologic cancer, or cancer of the blood. It is the second most common blood cancer, after non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and represents approximately 1-2% of all cancers diagnosed every year. Multiple Myeloma has one of the lowest survival rates of diagnosed cancers.
Fifteen years ago, the average newly diagnosed myeloma patient had a 33% 5-year survival rate.
Due to the work supported by the MMRF, the five-year survival rate has nearly doubled. The efforts of the MMRF and their partners, Pharma and research centers, have brought 6 new drugs to help treat Myeloma in the last 10 years, an unheard of achievement in the research world. Climbing a building won't cure cancer.....but research will.....and research takes money - so while I've donated to the MMRF in the past, I'm taking that next step - actually, over 1,500 of them.
On February 5, 2014, I'll be joining the MMRF in the Empire State Building Run-Up. I've got a LOT of stair climbing to do to get ready......and I'm going to need YOUR help.
How can you help? You can help in two ways:
1) By making a donation to the MMRF through my ESB Run-up page
2) By sharing this story through e-mail and social media
I am very appreciative of any donations, but even more thankful to spread the news about the MMRF, and how they've inspired me to step outside my own perceived limits. While I have not suffered from Multiple Myeloma, I know what it's like to have my world turned upside down by a physical challenge. Nearly 10 years ago, I was in a motorcycle accident that resulted in an 'explosive fracture' of my L2 vertebrae. My right leg was initially paralyzed, and the doctor said before surgery that it was unclear whether I would ever walk again.
It took me a full year to recover, but I've gone from being in a wheelchair to completing 10 full century bike rides, a number of 5K races and even a 1/2 marathon. In 2014, I've committed to doing the Marine Corps Marathon, and now, I'm going to climb to the top of the Empire State Building. Join me in the climb by making a donation to the MMRF.
Uzzah: Using the handrails? Pussy./will kick in a couple bucks later.
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