My Wife, My Myeloma Hero

My wife, Michelle, has used this diagnosis as a pillar of strength, doing all she can for her young boys and me and leading the best life she can, while along the way committing to raise funds and awareness to help improve and extend the lives of patients with myeloma

Receiving a diagnosis of multiple myeloma at only 35 years old, while having two young boys —a 1-year-old and a 5-year-old — a disease with an average life expectancy of only 38 months at her point of diagnosis in 2016, is enough to just about destroy the hopes of anyone.

Incredibly, my wife, Michelle, has used this diagnosis as a pillar of strength in her go-forward life, doing all she can for her young boys and me and leading the best life she can, while along the way committing to raise funds and awareness to help improve and extend the lives of patients with myeloma, primarily through the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).

From trekking through Patagonia in November 2019 as part of the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma (MM4MM) program sponsored by CURE Media Group, to participating in several 5Ks, being the Spirit of Hope recipient this past year at the Los Angeles event, running the Boston Marathon along with a team from the MMRFin April 2022, andnow getting ready to tackle summiting Mount Kilimanjaro with the MM4MMprogram, she continues to do all she can to make a difference for all impacted by multiple myeloma.

As I think about what makes a Multiple Myeloma Hero, while my sons and I may be just a little bit biased, I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor than my wife, Michelle.

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