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Meet Christine’s Crusaders, MMRF 2024 Walk/Run: Atlanta Spirit of Hope Honoree

How did you get involved with the MMRF?

My sister, Christine Serra, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in September 2007. The next year when I ran the Chicago Marathon, I decided to fundraise for the MMRF and have been continuing to fundraise ever since.

Why did you choose to participate in the MMRF Walk/Run?

Soon after Christine was diagnosed, we formed Christine’s Crusaders. A large group of friends and family came out year after year to run and walk alongside her while she battled myeloma for six years. The MMRF gives so much of what is fundraised to research. While Christine passed away in 2013, Christine’s Crusaders have continued to fundraise to honor her memory and give hope to others battling the disease.

The Spirit of Hope is given to “individuals/groups who inspire hope and show extraordinary commitment to the MMRF.” What does being given the award mean to you?

Receiving this award means that while Christine is not with us, her spirit lives on. We hope to carry the torch of inspiration. It shows that all our work over the years is giving hope to others.

How have you found perseverance in light of obstacles? Please share any stories that have given you strength.

Christine is the most selfless person I have ever met. The most important thing she gave was her time. She would drop what she was doing to donate her time to a cause, volunteer at her children’s school, or just make time to listen. She was very cognizant that time was a precious gift. I try to live my life like her, making time for others.

The MMRF is delighted to recognize Christine’s Crusaders as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2024 MMRF Team for Cures: Atlanta Walk/Run.

This award is presented at every Walk/Run to a patient, caregiver, or family who inspires hope through their resilience, perseverance, and dedication to the MMRF and its mission. Donate to Christine’s Crusaders 2024 Walk/Run fundraising page to accelerate a cure today!