Spirit of Hope

Meet the Deserving Winners of this Prestigious Award


The MMRF Spirit of Hope Award is given at every MMRF event to individuals who inspire hope with their perseverance and show extraordinary commitment to the MMRF and our mission.


Matt and Dave Capucilli

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



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 2014
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



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

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



Ed and Annie

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



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



Jessica Rubino

Jessica Rubino

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


Meet Jessica: The MMRF is delighted to recognize Jessica Rubino as the 2013 MMRF Race for Research: Tri-State 5K Walk/Run Spirit of Hope honoree. Jessica has been an avid supporter of the MMRF and its work since her mom Trish was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in September of 2007...» Learn more



Susan Gimilaro

Susan Gimilaro

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


Meet Susan: When Susan Gimilaro was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2011, her good friend Joan Matsalia, Joan’s daughter Shannon, and Joan's grandson Christopher jumped in to do what they could to help. They learned about the MMRF Race for Research: Boston 5K Walk/Run and quickly formed a team... » Learn more



Jack Aiello

Jack Aiello

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


Meet Jack Aiello: The MMRF is delighted to recognize Jack Aiello as the 2013 MMRF Race for Research: San Francisco 5K Walk/Run Spirit of Hope honoree... » 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



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 ...
» Learn more



Barry and Ellie Samson

Barry and Ellie Samson


St. Louis, May 5, 2012
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


San Francisco, April 29, 2012
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... » Learn more



Maddie Hunter

Maddie Hunter


Philadelphia, October 1, 2011
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



Jeanie Dreyer

Jeanie Dreyer


Boston, September 17, 2011
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



Madeline Wiebicke

Madeline Wiebicke


Connecticut, June 12, 2011
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



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