J and I participated in the MMRF Race for Research last year - I wrote a post about it back in September. We have formed a team for the race in Boston this year as as well. The most recent race was actually held in September 2012, but typically the Boston race occurs in April, like this year. The MMRF Race for Research at Carson Beach in South Boston will be on April 27 to raise awareness and funds for research of multiple myeloma. Hopefully it won't rain this year! :)
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. 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 Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is a leading cancer-research foundation that has helped to double survival for multiple myeloma patients since its inception. Together with its partners in the pharmaceutical industry and at academic centers, the MMRF has contributed to the development of six new treatments in the last decade, several of which may be effective in treating other cancers. The MMRF continues to build innovative collaborative models that will accelerate the development of new and better treatments for multiple myeloma and all cancer patients, and lead to cures.
As the world's number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $225 million since its inception and directs 90% of total budget to research and related programming. As a result, the MMRF has been awarded Charity Navigator’s coveted four four-star rating for nine consecutive years, the highest designation for outstanding fiscal responsibility and exceptional efficiency.
Held annually in nine cities across the country -- Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tri-State (New Canaan, CT), Twin Cities, and Washington D.C. -- this family friendly 5K walk/run raises both awareness and funds for multiple myeloma. Since its inception in 2001 in Chicago, the MMRF Race for Research program has raised more than $17 million to support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s urgent work.
To learn more about the MMRF Race for Research 5K Walk/Run that may be in your area, please visit visit MMRF Race for Research.
Boston: Myeloma Mashers - MMRF Race for Research 5K Walk/Run