Last year I ran over 2,000 miles to raise money and awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. This included the Catskill 155 during which I ran 155 miles non-stop in under 2 days with the help and support of friends and family. The outpouring of support was so inspiring as we raised over $32,000 last year, I am going to push my limits again attempting some new and perhaps seemingly impossible runs, suffering a little for those who suffer a lot.
This year I will run multiple races including three 50 milers this spring and 3 marathons this fall. There will be 2 very special events including running Rim2Rim2Rim on May 19th. That is, I will run from one side of the Grand Canyon to the other, turn around and go back in 1 trip. This run is about 47 miles with 20,000 feet of elevation change and temperature near 100 degrees at the base of the Canyon.
The most difficult challenge of the year will be the Badwater Ultramarathon. This is considered "the world's toughest footrace" as it covers 135 miles, over 3 mountain ranges in one of the harshest environments on the planet. Beginning on July 16th I will make my way with about 90 other athletes from around the world, from Badwater Basin at 262 feet below sea level to the Mount Whitney Portal at over 8,700 feet. Temperatures will approach 130 degrees with ground temperatures exceeding 180 degrees. This will be by far the most difficult run I have ever attempted and I hope that my commitment demonstrates what the MMRF means to me and I hope you will support me.
Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer and we need to catch peoples attention to find a cure. Although progress has been made in treating multiple myeloma, the five-year relative survival rate remains one of the lowest of all cancers. Sadly, my very good friend Anita Sorrell lost her battle with myeloma in May. I can't help her, but I run in her honor and redouble my commitment to find a cure for myeloma and other cancers.
I am convinced if we all work together we can do this. I am certain Founder, CEO and myeloma patient Kathy Guisti, believes in teamwork too. Due to their success in myeloma research and drug development, more than 30 other cancers may benefit from potential treatment from these same drugs.
As exceptional stewards of its donors’ investments, the MMRF consistently surpasses its peers in fiscal responsibility and an outstanding 90% of total budget go directly towards research and related programming. The MMRF is consistently recognized in the top 1% of all charities reviewed by evaluators like Charity Navigator.
Please support my participation in the MMRF Endurance Events Program benefiting the MMRF! Your donation can help make the difference! I have made a commitment to raise at least $30,000. I need your help to get there. Please help as you can. It all adds up!