|Those of you who know me know I have an incredible husband named Gary, a three year old son named Ryan, and a set of twins—Zach and Hannah. They are amazing, and I love them more than life itself. My family is the most important thing in the world to me. |
I am writing this because something is trying to take my family from me. That something is Multiple Myeloma—a form of cancer that is currently incurable, but which, in many cases, can be treated and managed while medical science searches for a cure. I dream of the day when that occurs.
Gary was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2005. After being diagnosed, he went through seven months of chemotherapy, followed by a stem cell transplant in January of 2006. His treatment has been long and painful and has involved many different combinations of drugs and clinical trials. The process has been awful for both him and me. Watching Gary suffer while trying to be strong for Ryan, the twins, and me has been the worst thing I have ever had to endure, but it has been nothing compared to what he has had to go through. Gary is in the battle of his life for his life. He is doing well at the moment although, after almost three years of battling this disease, he has yet to reach any sort of remission.
I hate Multiple Myeloma, and I am going to do everything I can to stamp it out. If that is going to occur, research is vital, and continued research is our only hope for a cure. Gary’s life depends on the creation and approval of new therapies that will keep his cancer at bay until a cure is found. The best hope for beating this terrible disease is the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.multiplemyeloma.org) or MMRF. As part of what I can do, on July 20, 2008, in Sonoma, California, I, for the first time in my life, will be running a half marathon (yikes!). All of the money I raise from the people who are willing to sponsor me in this endeavor will go to the MMRF. I am running because I need Gary to be around for Ryan, Hannah, Zach and me for a very long time and to find a cure for Gary and all the other people affected by this horrific disease.
I hope you’ll take time to clink the link and give…even $25 gets us that much closer to a cure! I hope to see some of you on the sidelines in Sonoma on July 20. Hopefully, I will be standing upright!!
Please feel free to forward this on to anyone you think would be interested. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!