Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) is an award-winning collaboration between the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and CURE Media Group to raise research funds, awareness and hope for myeloma patients.
Patients, caregivers, myeloma doctors and nurses and myeloma loved ones take on challenging mountains-Mount Kilimanjaro, the Grand Canyon, Peru's Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Mt. Fuji and Everest Base Camp and other epic peaks- to demonstrate that the advancements being made in recent years, funded and spearheaded by the MMRF, are helping patients live longer with a higher quality of life than ever before.
These incredible challenges give participants a way to tap into their circle of support to raise significant funds to fuel the myeloma research pipeline. Now in its fourth year, the MM4MM Program has raised more than $3 million, 100% of which goes directly to fund critical research spearheaded by the MMRF, thanks to our sponsors.
Each team is carefully selected, representing a microcosm of the myeloma community patients, caregivers, health care professionals and clinical trials managers, as well as representatives from our pharma partners, from CURE Magazine and the MMRF- to emphasize the collaboration necessary to drive toward cures. Each trek is documented via team member bios, blogs and social media posts. In addition each incredible journey is captured on video allowing MM4MM to share the powerful experience and tremendous inspiration with hundreds of thousands. Please visit our team pages to learn more.
The life-changing experience that these hikes provide for our teams, which are microcosms of the myeloma community, is incredibly empowering. We see patients push themselves beyond their perceived limits while teammates trekking alongside them experience a journey of complexities similar to a cancer journey. All come away with a sense of accomplishment, optimism, and hope" says MM4MM Team Member and Director of Events and Partnerships, Jane Hoffmann. "The global awareness and funds that these teams raise, continues the forward momentum of the MMRF and its mission to find a cure for every patient."
"When those touched by myeloma see patients taking on these incredible feats, we hope that they are inspired" states Marty Murphy, Director of Patient Education for CURE Magazine. Not every patient can dream of summiting the 19,341-foot peak in Africa, but perhaps for some patients a cross-country trip to visit their grandchildren is as big feat. And while these patients demonstrate the incredible progress that has been achieved, we can't stop until there is a cure.
Everest Base Camp climber and multiple myeloma patient Jenn Pastore Davis joined the team less than 4 years after collapsing in her bedroom. Unable to stand, what she thought was a "bad back" turned out to be a myeloma diagnosis. After surgery and successful myeloma treatment, Jenn was able to join the MM4MM team. "For me, climbing to Everest Base Camp was validation that multiple myeloma is not the end. I want to share my comeback story with other patients so they can see that thanks to progress being made they can dream big and take on things that they thought were unfathomable when they were diagnosed. The climb illustrates to patients and caregivers that multiple myeloma offers us an opportunity, if not a requirement, to press harder, and helps me prove to myself and my circle of support, that I can live a full life again, not defined by my disease"
"Pushing beyond our perceived limits and working together with our dedicated partners, we are showing that together, we are literally going to the ends of the earth and the top of the world to accelerate research and find cures for multiple myeloma", shares Dr. Saad Usmani, who leads the myeloma program at the Levine Cancer Center in Charlotte, N.C.
Bristol Myers Squibb, GSK and Sanofi are proud supporters of the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma Program in 2021.