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Darrie, Deborah and Deana -- May 2011. In this photo, Deana had been in treatment for a month. Now, she's in remission!!
You will read this and ask -- Is she crazy? And the answer may very well be that I am.

As if I didn't get enough last year by running the Chicago Marathon, this fall, I am running the Marine Corps Marathon as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) PowerTeam. The event takes place October 28th and I am most excited. Deana and Darrie are planning to be there, along with several other family members.

In case you are just joining Team BTHO MM (that's Beat the Hell Outta Multiple Myeloma), here's how we got to this place.

My sister, Deana Dietzler Chiusano was diagnosed with multiple myeloma on April 25, 2011. Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer. Although progress has been made in treating MM, the five-year relative survival rate remains one of the lowest of all cancers. (As always, I must add here that the survival rate is improving all the time...otherwise Deana gets upset.)

The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. (And I WILL NOT STOP until there is a cure!!!)

Since its inception in 1998, the MMRF has raised more than $200 million, making it the world's leading private funder of myeloma research to deliver new treatments to patients faster. The work of the MMRF contributed to the FDA approval of four drugs for multiple myeloma in just four years – a track record unparalleled in oncology. Due to their success in myeloma, these same drugs are now being explored as potential treatments for more than 30 other cancers.

Led by Founder and CEO Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient and Harvard MBA, the MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world, well known for its innovative and results-oriented business model approach to funding cancer research.

It is not an exaggeration when I say that Deana is still with us and in remission after nine months of treatment (Hallelujah!) due to the great work being done by the MMRF. Since her diagnosis, I have become deeply involved with their work and am committed to using all energy I have available to assist -- even when that means running 26.2 miles consecutively.

Please support my participation in the Marine Corps Marathon benefiting the MMRF! Your donation can help make the difference!

I have made a commitment to raise at least $1500. I need your help to get there. Please help as you can. It all adds up!

Total Donations Collected:$1,970.00
Goal: $1,500
$0 131% $1,500
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