Coming Together as a Multiple Myeloma Community on June 4

MMORE multiple myeloma 5k

The following post was written by Harvey Schwartz, MMORE Executive Director.

In 2005, 22-year-old Sarah Kaufmann-Fink was diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM), a relatively rare blood cancer. Her aspiration to make a difference in the world by working in developing nations was suddenly disrupted by the awful news that her life expectancy may be 2 to 4 years. 

She underwent chemotherapy, radiation and a stem cell transplant. Fortunately, Sarah — a nurse and the mother of a baby girl — is in remission. However:

  • There is no cure for MM.
  • MM has a high recurrence rate.
  • The number of people diagnosed with MM continues to rise.

Sarah’s parents, Nancy Kaufmann and Steve Fink, along with friends and family, began a journey for the multiple myeloma community by initiating MMORE: Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research & Education. The goals are to raise money to support cutting-edge MM research, educate the public about this disease, and empower patients, families and research teams to accelerate discoveries.

There is something we all can do as a community to help foster MM research discoveries:

  • Participate in the family-friendly, communitywide MoveMMORE 5K/1-Mile Run/Walk on Saturday, June 4, at Wolfe Park, 105 Park Drive in Columbus. Registration and check-in will open at 7:30 a.m.; the run/walk will start at 8:30 a.m.
  • Visit www.mmore.org and click on the MoveMMORE 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk Columbus banner to register and create your fundraising page.
  • Invite friends, family and co-workers to support your participation.
  • Proceeds will go directly to MM research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

For more information, contact MMORE at 1-888-486-4240 or by email at info@mmore.org

You can also donate directly to the MMORE for Multiple Myeloma Research Fund at the OSUCCC – James.