Featured Supporters


Read and be inspired by stories of featured MMRF constituents who are actively making a difference in some exciting ways.

 

Eli Coustan

Eli Coustan

MMRF Race for Research:
Chicago 5K Walk/Run 2014
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Eli: Eli Coustan’s uncle, Brad Coustan, has been living with multiple myeloma for almost two years. Eli was motivated to get involved with the MMRF so that he could help raise awareness and funds to cure multiple myeloma to save his uncle. Eli is the co-captain of the “Bradstrong Chargers” with his grandfather, Harvey Coustan. » Learn more



Dave Haberman

David Haberman

MMRF Endurance Events
IRONMAN® Lake Placid 2014


Meet David: David Haberman will be taking on IRONMAN Lake Placid on July 27, 2014 as a member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team for Cures. When signing up for the MMRF Team, David had no personal connection to the MMRF or multiple myeloma; he wanted an entry to the sold-out IRONMAN event and the MMRF team was his way in. David knew that being part of...
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Megan Parker

Megan Parker

MMRF Race for Research:
Tri-State 5K Walk/Run 2014
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Megan: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Megan Parker as the 2014 MMRF Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run Spirit of Hope honoree. Megan participates in this annual event to pay tribute... » Learn more



Matt and Dave Capucilli

Matt Capucilli

Independent Event
Birthday Fundraiser in Memory of Dave Capucilli


Meet Matt: Matt Capucilli’s love and admiration for his brother Dave has always been tremendous. As the younger brother by five years, Matt looked up to Dave who was a great athlete, musician, scholar... » Learn more



Allan and his wife Deb

Allan Osborne

MMRF Race for Research:
Boston 5K Walk/Run 2014
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Allan: Allan first experienced multiple myeloma as a bystander twenty years prior to his own diagnosis. Stanley Wells, the husband of Allan’s close friend Joyce, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma... » Learn more



Susie Castillo-Robson and Robert Robson

Susie Castillo-Robson and Robert Robson

MMRF Race for Research:
San Francisco 5K Walk/Run 2013
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Susie and Robert: Susie is no stranger to overcoming tough obstacles throughout her life. At just nine months old, she battled a polio diagnosis. Then at age 11, she had to face living with Type 1 Diabetes... » Learn more



Lexi Zisselman

Lexi Zisselman

MMRF Independent Events
Lexi Zisselman's "Kick" Event to Benefit the MMRF


Meet Lexi: On Saturday, February 22, 2014, Lexi Zisselman, a 12 year old from Manhasset Hills, NY, presented a “Kick” Event at the Hofstra Bubble to benefit the MMRF. Lexi’s Bat Mitzvah Project was a soccer-related fundraiser to honor her grandfather, Isaac... » Learn more



Bill and Lillian McHugh

Bill McHugh

MMRF Endurance Events
Empire State Building Run-Up 2014
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Bill: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is proud to honor Bill McHugh with the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award at the Empire State Building Run-Up on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. Since his diagnosis in 2008, Bill has been on a worldwide mission... » Learn more



The Siegfried Family

Team Patheon / Geoff Glass

MMRF Endurance Events

MMeet Team Patheon / Geoff Glass: The MMRF is proud to recognize Team Patheon, a corporate team, which will have 25 members on the MMRF team for the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon on November 17, 2013...
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The Siegfried Family

Deanna Siegfried

MMRF Race for Research:
Washington D.C. 5K Walk/Run 2013
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Deanna: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Deanna Siegfried as the 2013 MMRF Race for Research: Washington, D.C. 5K Walk/Run Spirit of Hope honoree. Deanna’s mom, Evelyne, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma seven years ago... » Learn more



Marilyn and her husband, Earl

Marilyn Alexander

MMRF Race for Research:
Philadelphia 5K Walk/Run 2013
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Marilyn: The MMRF is proud to honor Marilyn Alexander as the 2013 recipient of the Spirit of Hope Award, given at every MMRF Race for Research 5K event to an individual who inspires hope and shows extraordinary commitment to the MMRF... » Learn more



Kathy Elsey

Kathy Elsey

Corporate Supporters
Precious Cat


Meet Kathy: Kathy is a multiple myeloma patient and co-founder of Precious Cat with her husband, veterinarian Dr. Bruce Elsey. The MMRF is proud to count the Elseys as major supporters. Kathy was diagnosed in January 2009 and underwent a stem cell transplant in June of that year...
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Ed and Anne Johnson

Ed and Anne Johnson

MMRF Race for Research:
Twin Cities 5K Walk/Run 2013
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Ed and Anne: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Ed Johnson and his wife, Anne Davini-Johnson, as the Spirit of Hope honorees at the 2013 MMRF Race for Research: Twin Cities 5K Walk/Run... » Learn more



Eric Gelber

Eric Gelber

MMRF Endurance Events
Run Your Own Race Program
48 Hours in the Park

Meet Eric: Eric Gelber really knows how to go the extra mile to support a good cause. From Thursday evening of August 11, 2011 through that Saturday afternoon, he ran 155 miles non-stop to benefit the MMRF... » Learn more



Michael and Andrea Rosengarden

Michael Rosengarden

MMRF Ann Landers Race for Research:
Chicago 5K Walk/Run 2013
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Michael: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Michael Rosengarden as the 2013 MMRF Ann Landers Race for Research: Chicago 5K Walk/Run Spirit of Hope honoree. Michael’s wife, Andrea, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2008... » Learn more



Mary Weidner

Mary Weidner

MMRF Endurance Events
Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Mary Weidner: The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is proud to honor Mary Weidner with the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award at the Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by the MMRF on Wednesday, February 6, 2013... » Learn more



Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon

MMRF Race for Research:
Washington, D.C. 5K Walk/Run 2012
Spirit of Hope Award
Honoree


Meet Jim Gordon: November 11th will mark Jim Gordon's third year participating in the MMRF Race for Research: Washington, D.C. 5K Walk/Run. Diagnosed in January 2009, Jim spent the next few months learning about the disease and he quickly found the MMRF... » Learn more



Billy Levine

Billy Levine

MMRF Race for Research:
Atlanta 5K Walk/Run 2012
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Billy Levine: On a crisp fall day in November, 2011, over 100 people gathered at Team Billy’s tent in the MMRF Race for Research: Atlanta 5K Walk/ Run. The largest team by far, Team Billy successfully raised over $31,000 to support next generation multiple myeloma research and eventually lead to a cure... » Learn more



Greg Chess

Greg Chess

MMRF Race for Research:
Philadelphia 5K Walk/Run 2012


Meet Greg Chess: When Greg Chess was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2004, no one in his circle of family or friends had ever heard of the disease. Like many other newly diagnosed patients, he set out right away to learn more, and found himself on the MMRF website... » Learn more



Team Steve

Team Steve

MMRF Race for Research:
Twin Cities 5K Walk/Run 2012
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Team Steve: Team Steve was formed in 2008, with a mission to create a community of supporters for Steve Stroh upon his diagnosis of multiple myeloma. Steve was a man that not only supported his community professionally as a dedicated 25-year veteran of the Edina Police Department, but also through his family’s personal connections... » Learn more



Tracy Safron

Tracy Safron

Ann Landers MMRF Race for Research:
Chicago 5K Walk/Run 2012
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Tracy: 2012 marks the second year “Team Tracy” will be participating in the Ann Landers MMRF Race for Research: Chicago 5K Walk/Run. Team captain Tracy Safron was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December 2010... » Learn more



The Riskin Family

The Riskin Family

MMRF Race for Research:
Boston 5K Walk/Run
Spirit of Hope Award Honorees


Meet the Riskin Family: Susan Riskin and Karen Riskin Orzechowski have been a strong presence at the MMRF Race for Research: Boston 5k Walk/Run every year since 2004. Their father, Jeff Riskin, lost his battle with multiple myeloma in May of 2009 ...
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Kendra Goffredo and David Robles for the MMRF

Kendra Goffredo & David Robles

MMRF Endurance Events
Triathlon and Cycling Events
Ironman NY

Meet Kendra & David: Kendra Goffredo and her brother-in-law David Robles set out to race three full-length Ironman triathlons and are currently two thirds of the way there. With both the 2011 Ironman Arizona and the 2012 Ironman St. George already under their belts...
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Matt Howard MMRF

Matt Howard

MMRF Endurance Events
Run Your Own Race Program
Appalachian Trail for the MMRF

Meet Matt: Matt Howard, from Charlotte, NC is taking an uncommonly long walk in honor of his father, David, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the fall of 2010...
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Stidwell

Bob Stidwell

MMRF Endurance Events
Run/Bike/Tri Your Own Race Program
Albertsons Store Tour


Meet Bob Stidwell: A self described ‘bicycle touring nut,’ Tacoma resident Bob Stidwell has logged thousands of miles throughout the western United States and Canada since 1953... » Learn more



Mayer

Brian Mayer

Independent Event
Marc Mayer Memorial Golf Tournament


Meet Brian Mayer: Brian Mayer is preparing for the ninth annual Marc Mayer Memorial Golf Tournament, in honor of his father, Marc, who lost his battle with multiple myeloma in 1996... » Learn more



Perlmutter

Marty Perlmutter

MMRF Endurance Events
Run/Bike/Tri Your Own Race Program
1400 Miles to Maine for Roy Gross


Meet Marty Perlmutter: On June 17, 2012, Marty Perlmutter, of Miami, Florida, will embark on an ambitious 1400 mile bike journey that will take him through 13 states up the Eastern seaboard. Marty is riding to honor his best friend Roy Gross, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, who lost his battle with multiple myeloma earlier this year... » Learn more



Goad

Jeff Goad

MMRF Endurance Events
Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Meet Jeff Goad: Jeff Goad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in May 2010. The discovery was made as a result of a softball injury. After a year of chemo and two stem cell transplants, he feels blessed to be living a normal life and wants to inspire others to power through and thrive...
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Crowell

James Crowell

Independent Event
Crawfish for Cancer’s Annual Crawfish Boil


Meet James Crowell: James Crowell is an MBA student studying Finance and Banking at the Johnson School at Cornell University and will graduate in May 2012. He grew up in Starkville, Mississipi, where his parents, Lorenzo and Marianne, continue... » Learn more



Goodman

Arnie Goodman

Independent Event
Sweetwater Paddle for the Cure


Meet Arnie Goodman: Dr. Arnie Goodman is a multiple myeloma patient who is living with relapsed/refractory disease. He was diagnosed in 2006, has had two stem cell transplants and been on multiple drug regimens... » Learn more



Samsons

Barry and Ellie Samson

MMRF Race for Research:
St Louis 5K Walk/Run
Spirit of Hope Award Honorees


Meet Barry and Ellie Samson: Barry and Ellie Samson are among the MMRF's most committed supporters. After 33 years of marriage, the Samsons adapted to Barry’s initial diagnosis in 2002 with a sense of dignity and grace that family and friends remark on to this day... » Learn more



Lisa Considine

Lisa Considine

Race for Research:
San Francisco 5K Walk/Run
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Lisa: Lisa Considine has been living with multiple myeloma since November 2007, and had a stem cell transplant in April 2008. She was in remission for almost two years... » Learn more



Carmen Phaneuf

Carmen Phaneuf

MMRF Endurance Events
TD Five Boro Bike Tour


Meet Carmen: New Jersey resident and multiple myeloma patient Carmen Phaneuf has always had an active lifestyle, from cycling to sailing and skiing to cross country adventure trips... » Learn more



Kent Wells

Kent Wells

Independent Event
Charity Golf Classic


Meet Kent: Kent Wells, Vice President of Federal Relations at AT&T, is a multiple myeloma patient and a much appreciated supporter of the MMRF. Diagnosed in 2007, Kent started treatment in May of 2008... » Learn more



Madeline Wiebicke

Madeline Wiebicke

Race for Research:
Tri-State 5K Walk/Run
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Madeline: Madeline Wiebicke, of Bardonia, NY, is a Real Estate professional and mother of three. Her husband, Randy Wiebicke, a former NYC Firefighter, lost his battle with multiple myeloma in March of 2011... » Learn more



Gary Jockers

Gary Jockers

MMRF Endurance Events
New York City Marathon


Meet Gary: Retail Management executive Gary Jockers is a resident of Bakersfield, California who grew up on New York’s Long Island. He just returned to New York to run his first New York City Marathon and experienced the thrill of being “back” with his family, in more ways than one...
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Jeff Hyman and friends

Jeff Hyman

Independent Event
UPG Bowling Night


Meet Jeff: Dr. Jeffrey Hyman has practiced Internal Medicine for the past 24 years at the Treat & Release Center in Brooklyn, New York. He is also the Medical Director for the University Physicians Group (UPG), a multi-specialty medical group... » Learn more



Deborah Dietzler

Deborah Dietzler

MMRF Endurance Events
Bank of America Chicago Marathon


Meet Deborah: As Executive Director for Alumni Relations at the University of Georgia, Deborah is someone who knows how to get things done. When her 39 year old sister Deana Chiusano was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in April 2011... » Learn more



Maddie Hunter

Maddie Hunter

MMRF Race for Research:
Philadelphia 5K Walk/Run
Spirit of Hope Award Honoree


Meet Maddie: Maddie is a multiple myeloma patient and has been a strong supporter of the MMRF for many years. She is also the co-leader of The Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group (PMMNG)... » Learn more



Geoff Rich

Geoff Rich

Independent Event
Alexander R. Rich Golf Tournament

Meet Geoff: In 2002 Geoff Rich and his siblings created a golf tournament to honor their father, Alexander Rich, a multiple myeloma patient, and today both the event and Alexander are still going strong. The 8th annual Alexander R. Rich Charity Golf outing was held on August 11, 2011... » Learn more



Jeanie Dreyer

Jeanie Dreyer

MMRF Race for Research:
Boston 5K Walk/Run
Spirit of Hope Award
Honoree

Meet Jeanie: Busy mom of four kids in school (two sets of twins!), Jeanie was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in June 2010 and underwent a stem cell transplant in November 2010. After recovering from that phase... » Learn more