Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer with one of the worst survival rates of any cancer.
In 1995 or so, my mother, Carol Baxt, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and told she probably had about 3 years to live.
As she began her fight against the disease, she set a few goals.
Dance at her son's wedding.
She accomplished this goal in 1998, 3 years after her diagnosis. No one has ever looked happier wearing a chemo wig.
Become a grandmother.
She accomplished this goal with the arrival of Jack and Aaron in late 2001, and Brandon, her absolute clone, in early 2007, more than 12 years after her initial diagnosis.
Don't go down without a fight.
Carol accomplished this goal every day of her life for more than 13 years.
In August of 2008, despite staying one step ahead of Myeloma for so long, mom's condition finally took a turn for the worse. When her doctor suggested that we begin considering hospice care, she looked my father, my brother and me in the eyes and whispered, "I'm not done fighting yet." None of us doubted her for a second.
Two weeks later, on September 14, 2008, in the midst of her second stem cell transplant, we were by her side when she left us.
And now I have a goal of my own.
Raise at least
$2000 $3500 $4750 $6250 $7250 $8250 $10,000 for the Multiple Myeloma Reseach Foundation, which provided support, resources and invaluable information that my mother used as ammunition in her fight, by participating in the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour on May 6, 2012 as part of the MMRF PowerTeam.
(note: I've had to keep adjusting my goal higher and higher thanks to your unbelievable generosity! I'm talking three big goals met within 36 hours of posting them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!)
I need your help to reach my goal so people suffering from Multiple Myeloma can reach goals of their own, just like Carol did, with the help of the MMRF.