Special Guest Allan Houston, Assistant GM of the New York Knicks, international ambassador for the NBA, and former New York Knick, to Receive MMRF Award and Meet and Greet.
Norwalk, CT – June 2, 2015 – The 12th Annual Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run will be held at New Canaan High School (NCHS) this Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. The MMRF is a leading cancer research foundation dedicated to the relentless pursuit and acceleration of new treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure of multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer.
The MMRF Team for Cures: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run in New Canaan, CT is the cornerstone event of the MMRF 5K race program. Kathy Giusti, a New Canaan resident, established the MMRF in 1998 after her diagnosis with multiple myeloma. In 2014, this impressive local event had more than 1,200 participants who raised over $342,000 to support the urgent work of the MMRF.
The MMRF is extending an invitation to all local residents to participate in this year’s MMRF Team for Cures: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run. To register for the 5K, sign up on the event website before June 5th at this address or sign up onsite at the event on June 7th at 7:30 A.M. More than 1,000 New Canaan residents are already signed up for the 2015 race.
“As this race is held in my family’s hometown, it holds a special place in our hearts,” said Giusti, Founder and Executive Chairman of the MMRF. “We are always so grateful for the remarkable support that this event receives from the local community, our dear friends and the amazing students at NCHS.”
The MMRF is proud to be honoring Allan Houston with the MMRF Community Champion Award at the 2015 MMRF Team for Cures: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run. Allan is a former New York Knick and founder of the Legacy Foundation which supports families and young adults in the Tri-State area. Allan will be hosting a “Meet & Greet” for photo opportunities and autographs from 8:00-8:30 A.M. at the event.
Guided by Lou Marinelli, head coach of the NCHS varsity football team, the NCHS community has united in support of this event to benefit the MMRF. In 2010, Marinelli created a New Canaan Rams team for the walk/run event after several families of team members were affected by multiple myeloma. NCHS Football increased their support in 2012 by adopting the MMRF as the team’s official charity beneficiary. In addition, several NCHS Athletic teams and programs have joined the foundation’s fight against cancer in 2015.
“Although multiple myeloma is a rare disease, it has seriously impacted the Rams’ Football family,” said Marinelli. “We are proud to support the MMRF and their important work.”
Funds raised through the MMRF Team for Cures 5K Program contribute to the mission of bringing patients life-extending treatments and a cure. Significant MMRF achievements made possible by such funding include opening 57 clinical trials with over 25 novel myeloma treatments, sequencing the multiple myeloma genome and initiating CoMMpass℠ – a groundbreaking, landmark study designed to uncover the molecular segments and variations in multiple myeloma. The most ambitious study of its kind in multiple myeloma, the CoMMpass study is the cornerstone of the larger MMRF Personalized Medicine Initiative, intended to help accelerate a cure.
On race day we have invited Delete Blood Cancer to the event to run a bone marrow drive. We will be collecting cheek swabs from people willing to be part of the National Bone Marrow Registry. Most people are unaware that with a simple a cheek swab you might be able to save a life. If you are eventually called to be a donor, it typically includes a donation of stem cells via a one day blood donation procedure. Kendra Seth, a local mother, will be running with her 4 children and friends to support MMRF and to raise awareness for Delete Blood Cancer. Kendra is currently seeking a match from the bone marrow registry.
The MMRF welcomes everyone to join in their additional upcoming events in the Tri-State area events including teams for the New York City Triathlon on July 19, 2015, the TCS New York City Marathon on November 1, 2015 and the New York City 5K Walk/Run on November 21, 2015. Additionally, the MMRF Annual Gala will be held on October 24, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT. To participate, support, or learn about all MMRF events, please click here.
About Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cell. It is the second most common blood cancer. An estimated 26,850 adults (14,090 men and 12,760 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015 and an estimated 11,240 people are predicted to die from the disease.
About the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
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 the world’s number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised $275 million since its inception and directs nearly 90% of total budget to research and related programming.