I am a 44-year-old realtor and real estate brokerage owner in Littleton, CO, just west of Denver. About 10 years ago, my best friend from college revealed he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and I started doing research on the disease. I wasn’t too encouraged by what I found, and I’ve been honored to walk alongside Erik Ellefsen these past 10 years as he has continued to beat the odds surviving for a decade.
When Erik told me about the trek to Iceland to raise funds for the MMRF, my wife and I didn’t have to think twice to donate to his cause. A few weeks later, when he asked me to join him on the trek, it took a bit more thinking! I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to spend this time with my friend of the last nearly 25 years, very proud to have the chance to raise funds for the MMRF, and more than a bit nervous to leave my wife and two daughters behind to embark on this trek.
Having been a life-long trail runner, I am eager to explore the trails and terrain of Iceland. Mostly, I am thankful I get to spend this time with Erik and have a tangible role in raising funds and support for a cause that has become such an integral part of his life. There are not many opportunities in one’s lifetime to cement a friendship like this, and I am humbled that I was chosen to get that opportunity.