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In 2010 doctors found 14 tumors in Bob's spine and hip bones, and by 2011 he was undergoing targeted therapies for multiple myeloma - a blood cancer that metastasizes in bone - including chemotherapy and a 30-day stem cell transplant. Although this put him in remission on maintenance chemotherapy by 2012, his quality of life was greatly reduced due to intense nerve pain, a compressed spinal column, concentration issues, and difficulty sleeping. In subsequent years, likely from the toxicity of the multiple myeloma treatments, he developed male breast cancer. This required surgically removing about 75 lymph nodes, in addition to the usual chemotherapies and side effects of severe lymphoma. He later developed thyroid cancer, to which he did not respond to treatments.
We greatly appreciate any support you can give towards developing more tolerant therapies with better outcomes for multiple myeloma patients. Our father put up a brave, long fight and it was hard to see such a strong man be so debilitated by this prevalent and deadly cancer.
Please consider a donation in the name of Robert Matthews Adams. His full obituary can be read here: https://aleesadoestriathlons.wordpress.com/2019/05/20/obituary-robert-matthews-adams/
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), along with its research and medical industry partners, has fueled more studies, initiated more trials, developed more treatments, introduced more medicines, and has had a far greater impact than any other organization on helping patients with multiple myeloma. While enormous progress has been made, there is still much work to do towards finding 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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Our family's appreciation of the MMRF runs deep. In 2015, Bob's son Curtis and his growing family cheered on Bob's daughter Aleesa as she competed in the Ironman Lake Placid as part of the MMRF Team for Cures. Their team included several racers who themselves have multiple myeloma and altogether they raised a record-breaking $900,000. That full story can be read here: aleesadoestriathlons.wordpress.com/2016/03/25/ironman-lake-placid
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.