After battling multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, my brother Brian passed away on January 6, 2019. It is extremely difficult to describe how remarkable my Brother was and how cruel this cancer is. Brian was so kind. He had a smile that would light up the room, a brilliant mind and a beautiful soul. We loved going on little adventures together. He was the best big Brother. It just doesn’t seem fair. He was so young. We had more adventures; we had more places to see; we needed more time.
When we first heard the words multiple myeloma, we had no idea what it was or how we could stop it. My family looked to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) for answers to our most difficult questions. The MMRF is the largest nonprofit in the world focused on accelerating the cure for multiple myeloma. The MMRF is recognized as a 4-star charity, the highest honor. Since its 1998 inception, the organization has funded nearly 100 clinical trials, helped bring 13 FDA-approved therapies to market, and improved patient life expectancy from 3 years to 10 years. The MMRF has raised approximately $500 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. The MMRF provides hope with their commitment to finding a cure.
Being a part of Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma is an incredible honor. Trekking 40 miles along the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu with other patients, caregivers, doctors, clinicians, and nurses will be the first time that I am directly connected with others who truly understand our battle with multiple myeloma. I will no longer feel alone or look at puzzled faces as I try to describe what multiple myeloma is. I look forward to meeting everyone on the team and making lifelong memories and friends.
While there has been significant progress, it is not enough. Multiple myeloma is an incurable cancer that is difficult to diagnose and it is a cunning disease which morphs through treatment, meaning patients often need new treatment options when they relapse. It’s important that people know what we are up against and that the work we are doing is making a REAL DIFFERENCE. We are making a positive impact; we are saving lives.
Please support my efforts to raise $10,000, all of which goes directly to cancer research! This will not be an easy task. I will need your help to reach my goal!
Although Brian is no longer with us, I will continue to fight for those struggling with this disease because they NEED A CURE. I take great comfort in knowing that I will see Brian again. Until then, I will embrace every memory we made and conquer each adventure with you watching over me.
Thank you for your continued love and support.
*Amy and her brother Brian are pictured above.