To all our friends and family:
We wanted to let you know our annual event, Defeat Multiple Myeloma, is taking place at Magnuson Park on June 23, 2019. All of you have been so supportive in the past and helped us to make Team JCO the largest group in this event. Our hope is you will once again come out and help to advance our cause against this deadly disease.
On a personal level, another year has gone by and I continue to have success in keeping the disease at bay. I will say the side effects of the daily chemo regiment can wear on you at times, but I feel very fortunate compared to many of my peers who are fighting their own personal battles.
I mentioned last year that they were starting clinical trials at Fred Hutchinson to find a cure for Multiple Myeloma. The initial results of these trials have been very promising, which provides some hope for all of us carrying the disease. That being said, we are years off from this being an approved treatment as the FDA requires years of study results before ever granting their blessings. Though the Hutch receives grant money to help run their trials, they still need additional resources to fund this project.
We are hoping you will once again come out and support our cause by walking, running and/or donating to “team Jco”. Thanks for being you.
Jeff, Andrea, Shaina, Jason, and Jace
Please join us in this fight and increase our impact by making a donation to our team today; 100% of all funds raised will go directly to advancing multiple myeloma cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
What is Multiple Myeloma?
Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells found in bone marrow. Normal plasma cells help the immune system fight disease, but when plasma cells become cancerous they grow out of control and can produce a tumor called a plasmacytoma. If someone has more than one plasmacytoma, they have multiple myeloma.
Why support this event?
Defeat Multiple Myeloma’s mission is to raise awareness of multiple myeloma while supporting research that seeks to discover new treatments, improve the quality of life for myeloma patients, and ultimately find a cure for this devastating form of cancer. Funds from the 2019 Defeat Multiple Myeloma event will continue to support immunotherapy research and clinical trials at Fred Hutch which are using CAR-T cells and have shown very promising early results for patients.