Spirit of Hope
Meet Jeanie Dreyer
On September 17, Jeanie and her team of family and friends participated for the second time in the annual MMRF Race for Research: Boston 5K Walk/Run. The MMRF was proud to honor Jeanie as this year's recipient of the Spirit of Hope Award, given at every 5k event to individuals who inspire hope with their perseverance in overcoming personal obstacles such as a cancer diagnosis. Jeanie met her goal this year of raising $10,000 for this event.
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 of treatment, she has a newfound appreciation for her natural ability to embrace life and its challenges as well as the gift of her family and friends.
With a detection level of zero on her latest biopsy in June, Jeanie is continuing on a maintenance therapy of Revlimid and Dexamathesone and monthly infusions of Zometa, and Jeanie is feeling great. One of her favorite ways to celebrate her current strength, happiness and health is by hitting the road for a long run. And that's not all - Jeanie participates in MMRF events across a wide spectrum, and has embarked on some serious fundraising effort on behalf of the MMRF.
On July 17, Jeanie and close friends organized a neighborhood yard sale with baked goods to benefit the MMRF. Then, on August 7, Jeanie, her husband Mike, her brother Rob, and her lifelong friend Suzi hosted a Night of Hope for friends and family at Giorgio's Ristorante and Meze Bar in Milford, NH, near her home. The event included a silent auction, entertainment and a special dinner menu. The night was a huge success and they raised over $4500.
Jeanie's next big goal is to run the Boston Marathon as a member of the MMRF team in April 2012. Suzi will be running alongside her. And in the meantime, along with Jeanie's husband Mike and other friends, they have signed up for the MMRF's Run/Bike/Tri Your Own Race program, where people can tap into the MMRF PowerTeam training and fundraising efforts for any race of their choosing. Jeanie, Mike and Suzi have created their own team, Jeanie’s FEAT, within the MMRF PowerTeam - the Bay State Marathon in October is already on their calendar!
Jeanie with husband Mike after the Sept. 17 Boston race
Jeanie’s Boston Race Team at Carson Beach
The Dreyer family
Jeanie's twin boys
Suzi and Jeanie with their race medals