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Teams and Walkers
On August 23 of last year, Owen was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. It was a huge shock to our family. As far as we knew, nothing was wrong, Owen felt great, and everything was normal. We almost didn’t believe it could be true!
Since September, Owen has been receiving treatment in the hopes of getting a stem cell transplant as quickly as possible, since a stem cell transplant in combination with chemotherapy is the best option for remission.
Although there is not yet a cure for multiple myeloma, life expectancy has tripled, and continues to improve. We are extremely positive, and hopeful, and expect Owen to celebrate many more decades of birthdays by my side! We truly believe that the work of the MMRF and their partners will ultimately lead to a cure for all patients.
We feel strongly about supporting MMRF throughout this journey. As coincidence would have it – or perhaps it is a sign! - my dear friend, Laura who I have known since 7th grade, works for the Foundation. The MMRF is unique in that 90% of all funds raised goes directly to myeloma research. It is a great organization that we are proud to support. This summer, our daughter will be doing an internship there in the events department. We couldn’t be more proud of her!
For my 50th birthday this year, I have chosen to further my support of this life-changing organization. Please join me in supporting the research that MMRF is doing in honor of my husband, Owen and for all patients like him. On a separate note, Owen and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this August. We want to celebrate many more birthdays, and many more anniversaries together – so I ask that you please join us in our fight for a cure!
About the MMRF:
The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to find a cure for multiple myeloma by relentlessly pursuing innovation that accelerates the development of next-generation treatments to extend the lives of patients. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF is a world-recognized leader in cancer research. Together with its partners, the MMRF has created the only end-to-end solution in precision medicine and the single largest genomic dataset in all cancers. The MMRF continues to disrupt the industry today, as a pioneer and leader at the helm of new research efforts. Since its inception, the organization has raised over $400 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. To learn more, visit themmrf.org.
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For donations please mail to:
P.O. Box 414238
Boston, MA 02241-4238
383 Main Ave., 5th Floor
Norwalk, CT 06851
The MMRF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Your contribution is tax deductible.