Finding a Cure for Multiple Myeloma
Multiple Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer after non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and the number of patients diagnosed with this incurable disease is increasing every year. According to the latest figures from the American Cancer Society, an estimated 32,110 adults in the U.S. will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma this year and 12,960 will die of this disease.
Please support me as I ride my bike (which I love) to raise awareness and funds to help improve the outlook for people diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (which I hate).
This cause is especially close to my heart. My husband Carl was fortunate enough to be in a car crash in 2014 that injured him badly enough to go to UNC hospital. X-rays showed broken ribs, not surprising, but the breaks were not consistent with trauma. Further examination and testing led to a diagnosis of very early stage MM. Carl was fortunate because this disease has few early symptoms and is often not caught until it is in an advanced stage.
Carl has been through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and more chemo which have slowed the progression of the disease allowing him to be a survivor. With MM the goal of current chemo therapies is to buy time ..... buy time until one therapy is no longer effective and a new approach is needed .... buy time until there is a new drug approved for treatment ...... buy time for the research and development pipeline to catch up and maybe produce a recipe for a cure.
Your donations can help buy that time for Carl and others who have been and will be diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.
If it is in your ability to do so, a donation of any amount is truly appreciated.
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