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Mary Weidner – 2013 Spirit of Hope Honoree
Every Step Closer To A Cure

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is proud to honor Mary Weidner with the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award at the Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. This award is given to individuals who inspire hope with their perseverance in overcoming personal obstacles such as a cancer diagnosis.

The Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF, organized by the New York Road Runners, is one of the most elite tower climbing events in the world. Less than 7,000 people in the race’s 36-year history have earned the bragging rights of reaching the finish line on the 86th floor Observation Deck. At the title sponsor of the race for the third year, the MMRF receives an exclusive opportunity to fill a wave of 100 spots wit MMRF PowerTeam members, each of whom is committed to raising a minimum of $2500 to fund critical cancer research.

Since her diagnosis, Mary has undergone several treatments, received a stem cell transplant, and today she is in partial remission. Throughout her treatments, Mary has received support from colleagues, friends, family and her loving husband, James L. Weidner, CEO of the cooperative of American Physicians Inc. (CAP). Mary credits her husband with pulling her through the difficulty of her illness. “Jim found the best doctors. He found the best treatments. Together we found the MMRF. Without Jim and the MMRF I could not have survived. I’m convinced of it.”

In 2011, Mary was approached by Bill West, CAP Vice President of Sales, about his idea to participate in the Empire State Building Run-Up in honor of Mary’s battle with myeloma. For Bill, a self-proclaimed “stair climbing nut” whose favorite t-shirt reads “Elevators are for Wimps”, this was a great way to use his passion to support his friend. Mary was thrilled that Bill would take on this challenge to not only honor her, but to raise funds for cancer research.

2013 will mark Bill’s third year in the event to honor Mary, and for the first time she will be there holding the finish line tape not only to greet her friend, but all those who support the courageous battle of those living with cancer. “When I was going through the most difficult time of my treatments, I thought of those heroes climbing the stairs of that very tall building. I knew that they probably had moments when they wanted to stop too. But they persevere, taking one more step, getting to one more floor, not unlike what I was going through,” shares Mary.

Please help honor Mary Weidner and support the critical mission of the MMRF to accelerate new treatments to lead to a cure. With an outstanding 90% of the MMRF total budget directed to research and related programming, funds raised through MMRF events like the Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF have made a meaningful difference – helping to bring multiple myeloma patients five new treatments that have more than doubled the survival rate.

Total Donations Collected:$46,372.00
Goal: $25,000
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Contributor Amount Comment
stewart shanfield $100.00 "Congratulations Mary. You an inspiration and your accomplishment is a testament to your courage and determination. Stewart & Kathleen Shanfield"
M Lynn Brewer $500.00 "Hi Mary, Will be thinking of you on February 6th! Those participants will be most fortunate to see you and your wonderful smile as they "trip the light fantastic" up those stairs!!! I treasure my "cup" picture of Maui and think of you most days when I am home. You were a treasure to my sister Arlene for years; particularly during her last days. Jan and Gail keep me updated on your activities. Stay strong Mary!!!!!!!! Love, Lynn Brewer"
Theodore Clarke $250.00 "Congratulations Mary and Jim. Best wishes for the new year."
Phillip Unger $100.00 "Wishing you many more wonderful years of good health and happiness ! Phil and Audrey"
Peter Mitchell $500.00 "Mary your courage and support is breathtaking. This is a testament to supporting medical research, having the finest physicians in the world and you fighting this ever step of the way. Thank you for allowing me and so many to share in this victory and to help such a great cause. Love and go get em! Peter Mitchell"
Jon Wilkman $250.00 "Go, Mary!"
Chris & Oscar Clevidence $500.00 "Congratulations Mary and Jim. We are all very excited and proud of both of you. This is not an easy accomplishment as you both well know. Way to go Mary!!"
bruce carpenter $100.00 "Janette and I like what you have accomplished!"
Chip Clark $500.00 "Mary- you are truly an inspiration to us all. May 2013 only bring you great health and happiness. Best, Chip"
Shirley Fredricks $100.00 "I'm delighted to support this worthy cause in Mary's name."
Gordon Ownby $100.00 "We're happy to be part of this effort. Enjoy the view from up there, Mary! -- Gordon & Leor"
Richard Merritt $1,000.00 "Mary, Congratulations to you on this well-deserved honor!!! We support you 100% and wish you continued strength, courage and great health. We welcome the opportunity to participate in this event. With love, Stephanie and Rick"
Andrea linder $100.00 "Continue to Inspire Mary! Andrea Linder"
Cindy Farrington $100.00 "I'm with you every step of the way!"
John Raleigh $100.00 "Inspirational!"
Paul and Denise Gottlieb $100.00 "Mary, As we have said before, you are truly an inspiration . It is our honor to contribute to your recognition. Love, Paul and Denise Gottlieb "
Gerald Yoshida $250.00 "Mary, keep up the fight. You are truly an inspiration to all."
Tammy Wu $100.00 "Congratulations Mary and Jim! You are an inspiration to all of us! Tammy and Calvin"
Juan Carlos Cobo $100.00 "Mary... we are behind you all the way. You have battled this obstacle in your life with dignity, class, and true grit! Lots of people behind you, most of all Jim, but you stand out as an example of courage and determination. You are loved and admired! God bless you.... JC Cobo"
Timothy & Karen Padovese $750.00 "Mary and Jim are two of the finest people you will ever meet and Mary is an inspiration to us all! "
Susan Reynolds $100.00 "Wishing you many healthy years ahead! So glad you are doing well."
Dr.Graham and Lezlie Purcell $200.00 "Dear Mary, Your heart and love of life is taller than the Empire State Building. You are an inspiration to all of us. Graham and Lezlie."
Barbara Dillard $300.00 "There are no words to express how much I admire you and how happy I am that we're friends. Way to go Mary and Jim!"
Malcolm Paul $250.00 "I am pleased to support this important event."
Gregory Jacobson $500.00 "Congratulations on the well deserved honor Mary. Betsy and Greg Jacobson, and Margaret and Craig Milkint."
Robert Bradner` $250.00 "Mary, my best wishes and best of luck in continuing to prevail in this ongoing challenge. "
Anne Schaefer-Salinas Hidden "Mary, you are an inspiration every day! "
Bennett Root $250.00 "You are inspiration to us all. We love you! Ben & Helen"
James Weidner $2,000.00 "Congratulations Dear! I am very proud of you---and so are a lot of others."
Gray Davis $1,000.00 "Mary - Congratulations on being recognized by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation as its Spirit of Hope recipient this year. Your determined spirit is an inspiration to us and so many others. Much love, Gray & Sharon Davis Governor Gray Davis (Ret.) 37 Governor of California "
Toni & Gary McNutt $100.00 "It is wonderful to see the outpouring of love and admiration from so many people that you well deserve. We are blessed to have you be part of our family and earnestly pray you will be with us in good health for many years to come."
KATHLEEN FORD $30.00 "Congratulations, Mary"
Richards D. Barger $100.00 "When the goin' gets tough, the tough get goin'"
paul and penny mcnabb $100.00 "Congratulations, Mary. Best wishes to you and Jim in 2013. We all love your huge spirit!"
Norman & Gay Levin Hidden "Congratulations to a special and courageous friend. Norm & Gay Levin"
Tony and Michelle Anderson $250.00 "Mary, We are so proud of you and what you have accomplished."
Maureen Johnston $100.00 "WOW!!! Love your spirit, Mary. "
Melinda Kawamura Hidden "Mary, You are truly an inspiration! Keep up the great fight!!"

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