Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run Results in Significant Funds for Cancer Research

Special Appearance by MLB Legend Bobby Valentine to Recognize Efforts of Local Foundation

Norwalk, CT — June 10, 2013

This past weekend’s Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run 5K, held on June 9, 2013 at New Canaan High School, attracted over 1,500 participants from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. The race, now in its 10th year, raised more than $335,000 to support the foundation’s efforts. The MMRF is a leading cancer research foundation dedicated to the acceleration of new treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure of multiple myeloma. Bobby Valentine, MLB manager, SNY commentator, and Executive Director of Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics, made a special appearance to greet participants.

“It was an honor to meet the patients and family members that participated in the MMRF Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run,” said Valentine. “The community event provides an incredible opportunity to truly make a difference in the fight against this cancer.”

At the race, the MMRF presented the first annual MMRF Community Champion Award to New Canaan residents Dan and Elisabeth Mulhern, owners of M Milestones, a fine stationary and gift shop located on Forest Avenue in New Canaan. Since the inaugural race in 2004, the Mulherns have gathered their family members and M Milestones employees to form Team Milestones for the MMRF Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run. The Mulherns also encourage their customers and all members of the community who cannot attend the actual race to join Team Milestones as “virtual walkers” by registering at the M Milestones store. On race day, the Team Milestones tent was decorated with the names of all their virtual walkers supporting the race.

“Elisabeth and I are committed to supporting the MMRF because we have seen how the money raised by the MMRF goes directly to cancer research that has led to the FDA approval of six new drugs in the last 10 years,” said Dan Mulhern. “Kathy Giusti is a dear friend and we are truly inspired by her drive and passion to find a cure.”

A longtime member of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce, the MMRF also engaged local residents via the Chamber’s new “Healthy New Canaan” initiative. The MMRF had a table display at the Chamber’s recent “Healthy New Canaan Pop Up Park” on June 2. Attendees were able to learn about the organization’s 5K program as well as the MMRF Endurance Events program, which offers entry to world class events like the New York Marathon.

“We are all about connecting Community with Commerce,” said Laura Budd, the marketing director for the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. “When we can help our members coordinate with local businesses to support a great cause like the MMRF, it is a win-win.”

The MMRF Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run is an annual tradition for students and teachers alike from all New Canaan schools. South Elementary School annually fields a large team of teachers and also includes school principal Joanne Rocco and Superintendent of Schools Mary Kolek. Additionally, New Canaan High School’s Rams Football Team, led by Coach Lou Marinelli, has declared the MMRF as their official charity and had an impressive attendance for participation in the race.

“The Tri-State Race/Walk for Research is so very special to me and to my family in that it has its roots in our hometown,” said Kathy Giusti, Founder and CEO of the MMRF and a multiple myeloma patient. “I am gratified and humbled by the record number of MMRF supporters that join together each year at this amazing event in the fight against cancer.”

Upcoming MMRF events in the tri-state area include the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013, for which the MMRF is currently filling a team of 100 runners. Additionally, the MMRF Fall Gala will be held on November 9, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich in Old Greenwich, CT. To participate, support, or learn about all MMRF events, please visit: www.themmrf.org/events.

About Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer. The five-year relative survival rate for multiple myeloma is approximately 41 percent, one of the lowest of all cancers. In 2013, more than 20,000 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma and nearly 11,000 people are predicted to die from the disease.

About the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the world's number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $225 million since its inception and directs 90% of total budget to research and related programming. As a result, the MMRF has been awarded Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star rating for 10 consecutive years, the highest designation for outstanding fiscal responsibility and exceptional efficiency. For more information about the MMRF, please visit: www.themmrf.org.

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