How did you get involved with the MMRF?
In late 2020, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. A little over a year later, my daughter discovered the MMRF and told me about the 5K it offered in Dallas. My first thought was, “I’m all in!” The very next week I had an appointment with Dr. Anderson at UTSW, where he confirmed I was in molecular remission (YAHOO!). We then saw brochures on the counter about the MMRF. I had no clue Dr. Anderson was so involved; I have since attended webinars and patient summits where he has spoken/presented.
Why did you choose to participate in the MMRF Walk/Run?
My daughter, Whitney, and I have always enjoyed sharing exercise stories and participating in a lot of the same types of exercise. When we saw this event, we knew with certainty we could do it together and include lots of friends and family in hopes to raise more awareness of Multiple Myeloma and, further, find a cure!
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?
Hope has always come easy to me with Jesus in my life, but being diagnosed with cancer was something totally different and much unexpected. I believe because of my hope, I have been given the opportunity to positively influence others walking a similar path. I feel incredibly honored to receive the Spirit of Hope award.
How have you found perseverance in light of obstacles? Please share any stories that have given you strength.
Having the Caring Bridge site during the thick of my journey was so valuable. It allowed us to keep all friends and family in the loop of what was going on. I had so many people praying for me, and I know God answered so many prayers on my behalf. Everything about my journey turns back to Christ. In the very beginning, when I woke up from my first surgery in 2020, God said to me, “You are healed.” Throughout every obstacle that comes my way, I find perseverance in my relationship with Christ and the unlimited support from my caregivers and family.
Do you have a favorite mantra, quote, lyric that gives you strength?
First off, you must know that I come from a cheerleading background. One day very early in my diagnosis, before any treatment had even begun, I was out for a walk in my neighborhood, and it came to me as clear as day: “GO-FIGHT-WIN” (GFW). At that moment, I’m pretty sure I yelled it out loud (lol). I came home and shared this with my husband; he loved it. I then later called my three daughters and shared the story with them, letting them know this was my new “mantra.” A few days later, I woke up and the first words that came to mind were “LET THE BATTLE BEGIN.” Then, I used #PhilWickham #BattleBelongs; from there, it progressed to “#GFW G-LO” (G-Lo = My new Grandma name). Ephesians 3:20 has been a bible verse that has given me strength from day one: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish INFINITELY more than we might ask or think.” Talk about powerful!
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Lora Clancy as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2023 MMRF Team for Cures: Dallas 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 Lora Clancy’s “#GFV G-LO” 2023 Walk/Run fundraising page to accelerate a cure today!