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2013 - 48 HOURS IN THE PARK -
200 MILES TOWARDS A CURE
FOCUSED PURSUIT: During the week, Eric Gelber is just a regular hard working businessman, doting father, and loving husband. But come certain weekends, you’ll find Eric transform into an amazing ultra-marathon runner who will stop at nothing in his quest to raise funds to combat multiple myeloma, an as yet incurable blood cancer that took the life of his good friend Anita.
In 2011, Eric ran the Catskill 155, a 155-mile solo run through the Catskill Mountains and raised $32 thousand for the MMRF. Then, in 2012, Eric completed Badwater, a 135-mile run from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney in temperatures often reaching above 120 degrees and raised $45 thousand.
This year, from September 20-22, Eric will take on his boldest challenge yet: a 48 hour, 200-mile run, around Central Park in New York City. His goal is to raise $100 thousand for ground-breaking research that will bring new hope to myeloma patients. One loop of Central Park is just over six miles. Eric plans to complete that loop at least 33 times. What keeps him going? Knowing that each dollar raised will bring us closer to improved patient treatments and, ultimately, 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. The work of the MMRF has contributed to FDA approval of six new cancer drugs in less than a decade and doubled the life expectancy of myeloma patients – a track record that's unparalleled in the world of oncology.
The MMRF is the world’s leading private funder of myeloma research and one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. An outstanding 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards cancer research and related programming, and they are consistently recognized in the top 1% of all charities reviewed by evaluators like Charity Navigator.
Eric welcomes other runners to join him for any part of this epic journey. Whether it’s for one loop of the park, or more, anyone who cares to, may run with Eric in Central Park to help conquer myeloma. If you'd like to sign up to run with Eric, please click here. Or, if you prefer, please consider making a donation to further Eric's fundraising efforts on behalf of the MMRF.
"Bless you for all your kindness and drive. I appreciate all your efforts you put forth for us with MM."
"Your commitment is so inspiring...."
"Go, Eric, Go....Run...Run...Run! I wish you all the best on your "48 Hours in the Park" event. There are no words to truly express the profound meaning of what you are about to do; but, like the saying goes..."Actions speak louder than words!" My prayers are with you, Eric."
"For Christopher Bro and everyone else who is battling or has lost their battle with this disease. We are all in this together."
"Best of luck!"
"I'm so glad you've been able to navigate your way thru the city bureaucracy to set this up. You're the best. God bless. "
"Good Luck Eric. I hope to join you for a loop...."
"what a great commitment for a worthy cause. Go Eric"
"What an inspiration!"
"Good luck!!! Pulling majorly for you and for a cure!"
"Dude...you are outta your mind!! Who runs these distances?? It's a great cause - wishing you a great day!!"
"I am confident that you will finish this challenge and complete this dream!!"
"I applaud your dedication to this dause and good luck on your run. Stephen Siegel"
"You are absolutely AMAZING! Thank you for what you've done and what you continue to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Eric, continue your endeavor to raise money to find a cure to prevent future Anita's from suffering the same."
"We love you Eric, run Eric run! Lynn & Glenn"
"Incredible feats- Eric- Anita's struggle and determination will give you all the strength to help find the cure! She is there with you all the way thru each and every mile. Sharon"
"Good luck Eric!"
"You are truly an inspiration! We'll be there to cheer you on."
"Good Luck Eric!"
"In your honor ... and in memory of Anita ... and Ben ... and all those who have fought the battle against cancer and lost. "
"You are are such dedicated person in pursuit of a cure. You are a hero in my book and should be admired by all......"
"Eric -- stay unstoppable!"
"keep up the amazing job you're doing for the charity"
"You will have run further in 48 hours than I will have run in my lifetime!"
"Eric this is a great cause keep up the good work and Good luck on the run"
"...always an inspiration, hugs and best wishes to you.
elaine and dan"
"Best Of Luck! I am sure Don, Anita and Ben will be rooting for you. Love, Gail"
"I am very proud of my children Michelle, Donald, Christopher and my son in law Brent for participating in this event in honor of my wife Barbara.The love and caring we have for each other cannot be expressed in words.I want to donate in my grandchildrens names Andrew, Bradley , and Caden ."
"This is such an amazing event Michelle and a wonderful thing to do for your mom. We'll be there to cheer you all on!"
"Captain Mellow (the dog) and I will join you late night and tell you bad jokes (I am funnier than he is). "
"Amazing stuff for a great cause EG. Love Donna & Greg"
"Good luck Eric! "
"Great job for a great cause.
I cant believe you are actually gonna run for 2 days straight!! Thats incredible. Best of luck.
"Good luck achieving your impressive goal. It's nice to have you do it in NYC among your friends and supporters."
Jen and Rick Day
"Good luck Michelle! Wish I could be there to cheer you on!"
"We love you all and are praying for the whole family. You are all blessed with a wonderful Mom and Dad. We're so glad to be a small part of your family. God bless you all. "
Steve & Jessica Wilson
"An amazing run in honor of a woman I was blessed to meet in London! Here is praying for an amazing run, Michelle! I wish I could be there to run alongside you! Jessica, Lark, Kate & Steve Wilson"
I love and support all you do!
Your God daughter,
"Best of luck Eric for this very worthy cause."
"You are awesome, Eric! Thanks so much for your commitment to fighting MM. "
"Thank you. Keep up the great work!"
"Amaris and Tony send their love and support.."
"All the best to mom!! Love, Grandpa"
Bob & Kim
"Good luck with the run and all the very best to Barbara!!"
My Mom has multiple myeloma and has been fighting for 11 years. Fortunately, she is doing well.I appreciate what your doing and support your efforts. Best of luck!
"Thank you, Eric. My dad has been batlting this for 7 years and thankfully he's doing well. Have a great run and good luck!"
"Eric you are a madman. good luck and keep it going."
"Wishing you the ability to strive on untirelessly...good luck! MT"
"You're an amazing inspiration Eric! Go, go, go!"
"Fantastic cause and an amazing way to raise money. Good luck!!"
"I admire your dedication and passion in pursuit of finding a cure, Eric. You're amazing! Best of luck in GGP and with future challenges."
"Eric - my father is in the midst of battling MM, and our family thanks you for raising awareness to this disease. As a CBRE colleague (Greenville, SC) we are all pulling for you on your run!"
I work for CBRE in Denver. My father & grandfather died from this disease. Thank you for raising money to fund research."
You do not know me but I am friends with Scott Sloves and a past member of the MMRF endurance team. I admire your effort. Good luck!
Tani & Eric Gelber
"So glad you are joining us out there. This is for your Mom and so many others. Eric and Tani. "
"Amazing, just amazing!!!"
"Thank you for your extraordinary efforts."
Jordan and Laura Russin
"Go get em Eric...you're a great friend and an inspiration. Keep kicking ass!"
"Good job Eric"
"Best of luck"
"Good luck Eric! "
"In memory of my father Michael Genet who passed from Multiple Myeloma in Sept 2007. Eric, you are doing a great mitzvah and I’m honored to be a part of this important foundation and fundraiser. "
Bernard and Mary Ann Holand
"Hi Eric. When my son Sean (Moran) told us about you the last time you held an event I was truly amazed at your heart and dedication in memory of your dear friend. God Bless you this next weekend and always!
Mary Ann & Bernie Holand"
"You are an inspiration, be careful out there!"
"Gooooo Eric gooooo!! You are so inspiring and we're behind you 100%. We'll be out there cheering this weekend! - Ariel & Darrell "
Ann Marie Evanko
"You are amazing Eric!"
Amazing tribute I lost my sister to the MM as well
I support all efforts in finding a cure
Elissa & Jason Novick
"Best of luck, Eric. This is an amazing feat-- 33 times around the big Central Park loop is incredible! Hope you reach your goal for the cause!"
"Good luck....especially on the back 100."
"Best of luck with your run!"
"You are incredible. Best of luck!"
"Good luck Eric! Sometimes when you meet people they make an unforgettable impression, you are one of those for me. Stay strong and thanks for the inspiration. You quite possibly have inspired me to take on a challenge I have thought of for 2 years. "
"Keep on inspiring!"
"Just amazing. Truly inspiring. "
"Go Eric Go!!!! Love, Quinn and Mia"
"Good luck on the run! You are going to do great! Congratulations on all that you have already accomplished for the MMRF! "
"Thank you for running for multiple myeloma - I lost my dad too soon from this disease - let's help find a cure!"
"I believe in you no matter what! You are beyond inspiring! Here is to finding a cure!!!"
Matt & Lisa Krueger
"Good luck Eric! We'll be cheering you on from NJ!"
As a colleague, an athlete and a person you inspire.
All the best this weekend.
"Go Eric!! Sending you lots of energy!!"
"You are so inspiring. I'm sorry I can't donate more than what I've got."
Terese and Ed Cannon
"Your commitment is so inspiring! Good luck!"
"Wow, amazing. Good Luck!"
"An honor to run your 3rd loop with you! GO ERIC!!!"
"What an inspiration. Honored to run a loop with you. Good Luck!!!"
Robin Oliver Lovin
"Eric, Every day I'm so thankful to know you. You inspire me to be a better person. Because of you I know there are truly beautiful people in the world Thank you and Tani for all you do for those of us living with MM. "
"Eric, you are an inspiration to runners, supporters and people living with MM. Run strong."
Christine & Peter Williams
"Thank you so much for being such a boost to this family! We are all so grateful!! "
"Eric, when I grow up, I want to be a BadAss just like you! Thank you for your selfless efforts to help eliminate the "C" word!"
"Eric - you are looking so strong at 26+hours and almost 120 miles!! We are all cheering for you and inspired to help MMRF! Wishing you Wind at your back, cloud cover, no rain & continued lots of company! Love your heart & commitment, mary "
"In Memory of Tommy Yeung"
"Have fun out there!"
"Way to channel your insanity toward such a good cause. We are so proud of you! Go Eric!!"
"Atta girl Carmen"
"One foot in front of the other! Keep movin' -- you are such an inspiration!"
The Hendrawan Family
"Go Eric, go! We are in awe of your accomplishments and hope you reach your goal! Good luck as you and your crew finish the last hours of your run! "
Mando & Tia Pina
"You are seriously such an inspiration!!! This is what the world needs more of, Eric Gelber & Crew! I am blown away! Way to Go Eric! You can do it!! "
Diane Thompson Cortese
"Eric, what an amazingly big heart you have -- you are truly an inspiration! We are cheering you on from Florida and sending lots of positive vibes and love to you, Tani and your beautiful family. "
"My husband was diagnosed in January. After 4 treatments in June/July, he wound up in the hospital twice. Chemo has been postponed now due to neuropathy of his hands and legs. Thank you for bringing attention to this type of cancer because we never heard of it before his diagnosis."
"Go Eric! This donation is made in memory of my dad, whose 60th birthday would have been September 23rd. I know he is cheering you from above in all that you do to accelerate a cure! "
"So proud and inspired by you!!!! You can do it!"
"Eric, thank you for your dedication & bringing so much attention to Multiple Myeloma. My dad was diagnosed years ago, so this really touches my heart! I'll be joining you from TX by running on our beach tomorrow morning! :) Blessings sent your way!"
"You are truly an inspiring person! I am so glad that you were able to meet my friend Bill McHugh and to run with him. Both you and he are alike in spirit as well as laser focus on a cure for MM. Stay strong! Love and Prayers
The Hawkes Family"
"Just passed you about an hour ago in the park. Great work, Eric! Keep it up!"
Jeff & Nicole Gelbsman
"We were so happy to run and share in your amazing and selfless acomplishment. "
"I'll see you in the morning! we will not "TRY" we will DO! we WILL reach your goal!"
"Thank you, Eric, for running for people like my father who are affected with this disease. My husband and I will run a few miles out here in Seattle for you! Run, Eric, Run!!! "
"Good Luck Eric....."
"You are a true hero!"
Rand and Lynne Eyberg
"Keep going! You are doing amazing! Sorry we can't run a leg with you but we are cheering you on from Vermont!!!!
MMRF: Pepsi will match this donation"
"Thanks for all of your efforts towards such a good cause!"
"Keep hope alive and God Bless you, Eric and all those affected by MM. We honor you all....Most especially my mother who passed from MM this past March 2013. You are an inspiration!"
"In awe of Eric Gelber, in honor of Betsy Parker, and in memory of Phil Meiman."
"My sister died from MMR three years ago..... thank you for running"
"Go Erik for a great cause"
"Well done! Such stamina and determination for a good cause...You should be very proud!
"Please, I beg you, run MMRF into the ground!"
"It was great running with you and sharing "To catch a lawnmower thief" along with other fun and inspirational stories. Thank you for doing this Eric, it is so wonderful to make such an enormous sacrifice."
"Congrats on finishing 48 hours in the Park! Such an amazing personal accomplishment for an amazing public cause. "
"Awestruck! Congratulations to Eric and your wonderful team!!"
"If only people knew you started running in the first grade. Proud to know you, congratulations. "
"I don't even like driving 200 miles. "
"So very proud of you Carmen....
Never change my friend..."
Sue & Steve Cohen
"Truly amazing - Your selfless dedication to making this world a better place is an inspiration to all."
"Congratulations Eric--great job!"
"I wish I had known about this last week-end, I would have run a couple of loops of the park with you. "
"Of course, it's never too late to give to a good cause. Congratulations on your efforts!"
"Congrats ! Amazing accomplishment !"
"Great Job Eric. "
"We live in Chappaqua and my wife had Multiple Myeloma. We read about you in the Journal News and wanted to support you on all of your hard work. "