This weekend my family and I participated in the Multiple Myeloma Race for Research. It was an incredibly moving event where patients fighting this disease, their families, medical researchers, and those who have tragically lost loved ones came together to help raise money and awareness of this rare form of cancer.
The fact that my family was able to participate in this race was such a blessing. After my dad’s diagnosis, my family went through some uncertain and difficult times with all of the various hospital visits and treatments he had to endure. But seeing him participate in Saturday’s race was such a testament to what the research produced by the MMRF can do for a patient. At this event, my dad was able to meet other multiple myeloma survivors and we were able to see firsthand the other lives that the MMRF has impacted. Some of the survivors even ran in the 5K race (and I definitely saw a few of them cross the finish line before me.)
In my opinion, the events leading up to the race had the greatest impact. It was hard not to cry tears of joy over how far things have progressed in the right direction. This became abundantly clear while watching my father pose for photos with the other survivors and hearing stories from the honorees who have done so much to help others.
The MMRF honored two people who have gone above and beyond to inspire others. First they honored a local doctor who has dedicated her life to helping patients. They also honored a phenomenal woman who has been fighting multiple myeloma since 2008 who had the courage to share her story.
My family and I initially committed to this race without a real fundraising goal and minimal expectations since we weren’t planning to be very aggressive in our solicitations. We simply posted on Facebook, but to our surprise, the generosity was overwhelming. Our team was able to raise over $900 for this great cause and we all feel so blessed by this support. Thank you so much to everyone who donated! My family and everyone impacted by this disease are extremely grateful for your kindness.