MMRF PRESS RELEASES
New Canaan Races for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation with Record-Breaking $300,000 Raised to Advance Cancer Treatments
Norwalk, Conn. — June 12, 2008
Over a thousand runners "fund-raced" through the streets of New Canaan on Sunday for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's Fifth Annual Tri-State Race for Research co-chaired by Congressman Christopher Shays, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo and Connecticut-born former WNBA superstar, Women's Basketball Olympic Gold Medalist and current sports commentator Rebecca Lobo.
A record-breaking $300,000 was raised by runners from the Tri-State area, local businesses, and schools including those from South and Saxe Schools in New Canaan. "We thank the Town of New Canaan and its residents, as well as Congressman Shays, Rebecca and Chris Russo for sharing this special day with us," says Kathy Giusti, MMRF CEO and Founder. "We owe our success to the many volunteers and friends who have supported our cause. Furthermore, we are especially grateful to the local community service groups including the National Charity League of New Canaan, the National Charity League New Canaan Parish, the Service League of Boys (SLOBS), the Boy Scouts and members of Saxe Middle School and South Elementary School who volunteered their time in so many ways. Finally we would like to thank the New Canaan Police Department, the Board of Selectmen, the Town of New Canaan and the New Canaan Public Schools for supporting our efforts and making this event happen."
Friends and family members of myeloma patients from all over the Tri-State area helped raise funds for the event. Top teams included Team LUFF of New Canaan, led by Kelly Weldon, Jennifer Mitchell, Gerry and Kay Luff; Team Milestones of New Canaan, led by Dan and Elizabeth Mulhern; Team Parkway School of Greenwich, headed by Principal, Paula Bleakley and Karen Andrews; Team Nana Baum of Weston, led by Jennifer and David Gruen, Leonard and Elizabeth Baum of Chappaqua and David Baum of New York City; Team Palmer Rockets of Darien led by Rocky and Patricia Palmer; Team Burke of Darien, led by Susan Lattimer and Melissa Edwards; Team Lefebvre of Stamford captained by Elizabeth Lefebvre and Family; Team South/Saxe led by Amy Rochlin; Pop's Posse, of Andover, led by Rita and Paul Kessing; Team Better Days of Chappaqua, NY led by Rick and Vickie Birdoff.
Over 95% of funds raised go directly towards research for this blood cancer and other cancers like it. Through fundraisers like the Tri-State Race for Research, the MMRF has helped bring four new myeloma drugs to market. These compounds are now being tested in 19 other forms of cancer. In addition, the MMRF's approach, with a focus on speed, innovation, and results is being emulated as an optimal model to accelerate medical research and drug development across various cancers and disease groups.
Amelia Lewis, Race Coordinator
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