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Meet the Ardy Germann Team, MMRF 2023 Walk/Run: Twin Cities Spirit of Hope Honoree

Ardy Germann MMRF Spirit of Hope

How did you get involved with the MMRF?

When my wife Ardy was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, we were active in the local multiple myeloma support groups. Through these groups, we learned of organizations such as the MMRF that were helping to raise funds and awareness. Ardy was active in the MMRF Walk/Run and participated while she was going through treatments.

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

We wanted to support MMRF and be supported by the MM community while Ardy was going through treatment. It allowed us to raise funds, build relationships, and help others understand what multiple myeloma is. We also wanted to support others who were going on this journey. After Ardy passed away in 2013, the walk/run became a way to honor her and bring together our community in Ardy’s name.

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?

Spirit of Hope

The Spirit of Hope Award would be the opportunity to honor Ardy, her spirit, the spirit of the multiple myeloma community, the spirit of the hopefulness we can have on this earthy journey, and the hope that we have for the eternal journey.

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

Faith. Faith and strength for today and great hope for tomorrow.  Ardy lost her eyesight as a side effect of the treatment, and that impacted her perspective. We have stories about the caring medical staff (many examples) while being treated; the support of the people in the MM community, friends, and family; the grief process after her loss; and so much more.

Do you have a favorite mantra, quote, lyric that gives you strength?

Great is thy faithfulness ….
Strength for today and great hope for tomorrow
Fear not for I am with you…

Anything to add?

There are so many others who are more worthy of this award. Ardy would not want to draw attention to her struggle, but would want the Lord glorified and magnified because of her challenge. I want the attention on the difference MMRF is having in helping the MM community and the Germann family. You make it easy to come together as a community to provide hope for the future in this life for so many.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize the Ardy Germann Team as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2023 MMRF Team for Cures: Twin Cities 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 Peter Germann’s 2023 Walk/Run fundraising page to accelerate a cure today!