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(Fairfax Times)   1,576 steps, 86 flights.....and one Farker   ( divider line
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2014-01-21 08:45:19 AM  

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.

2014-01-21 03:17:01 PM  
Donations have passed the original goal amount, and continuing to climb! Just passed $3,000, and there's still two weeks to go!

The story was also featured in the Fairfax Times, and re-printed in the Washington Post.

If you'd like to donate, the link is here:
2014-01-21 03:56:39 PM  
You are truly a hero and an incredible inspiration. Bless you and much success in your Empire State Stair Climbing Mission!
2014-01-21 04:46:43 PM  
Using the handrails? Pussy.

/will kick in a couple bucks later.
2014-01-21 07:45:38 PM  

Uzzah: Using the handrails? Pussy.

/will kick in a couple bucks later.

There's some German guy who runs these 'professionally' e.g., he gets sponsors, and he pretty much wins any one he does....showboating all the way, including falling down with 'exhaustion' at the end of every climb. I'm going to be 'hiking' up 2@a time, which seems to be just as fast as 'running' them. At least I'll be running up the INSIDE of the building.

Tried running every step, and ended up with a broken toe. That's pretty much healed now.

The story got re-printed in the Washington Post last week, and even hit my hometown newspaper. Now the pressure's REALLY on!
2014-01-21 08:05:50 PM  
....and for DC-area Farkers, I'll be at the DC / Arlington Fark Party on Feb 1st. With just 4 days to go to the Run Up, it's the perfect time to harass me about how hard the climb's going to be. :D
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