MMRF Team for Cures: IRONMAN® Lake Placid and IRONMAN World Championships, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
BEYOND COMPETITOR: ALL THE WAY TO HERO… AND TO KONA!
When Brad Moss joined the MMRF Team for Cures in November, 2013, he had never heard of multiple myeloma, an orphan blood cancer with one of the worst survival rates of any cancer. And he’d certainly never heard of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Yet on October 11, 2014, Moss found himself crossing the most prestigious finish line in triathlon: The IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, a feat he could only dream of a year before, made possible through the MMRF Team for Cures.
Like many other triathletes, Moss joined the MMRF Team for Cures because he wanted to race IRONMAN Lake Placid this past summer. As usual, the race sold out within days of registration opening (Team for Cures athletes agree to raise a minimum of $5000 for MMRF, and in return receive entry to the sold out race, training plans, a Sugoi tri kit, and VIP perks). But also like many other athletes, his first experience racing for a cause turned him from a bib chaser to a believer.
“The more I learned about the MMRF, the more I saw that by supporting such a game-changing organization, I was also helping advance cancer research as a whole,” said Moss, whose father is battling throat cancer and served as an inspiration to him during training and fundraising.
As Moss began to fundraise, he started learning more about the organization. “I was so impressed with the work being done by the MMRF and the fact that they are in the top one percent of charities rated by non-profit evaluators like Charity Navigator,” said Moss, a fitness professional from New Jersey. Like many supporters, Moss was proud to know that ninety percent of the funds raised at events like IRONMAN Lake Placid are budgeted for cancer research.
As his fundraising progress picked up steam, Moss set a new goal: To be one of the top two fundraisers on the IRONMAN Lake Placid Team for Cures, and earn a spot on the starting line of the IRONMAN World Championship.
“So many of my friends, co-workers and family members wanted to see me get to Kona, and knew how my dad wanted to share in that journey as well,” Moss said. In the end, he raised just over $38,000 to become the second-highest fundraiser on the team.
The dream of competing in Kona was nearly lost, however, when Moss was involved in a cycling accident just three and half weeks before Kona. He suffered a concussion, broken vertebrae in his neck, and significant sprains and deep bone bruises to his shoulder and knees. His doctors strongly discouraged him from racing Kona. Despite his injuries and doctors’ recommendations, Moss decided to compete.
Moss successfully completed IRONMAN World Championships in Kona and Moss is proudly joining the Team for Cures again in 2015 at IRONMAN Lake Placid.
The MMRF still has entries available for the 2015 IRONMAN Lake Placid. MMRF Team for Cures athletes receive VIP perks, full time fundraising support, Sugoi tri gear, and two shots at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship. The MMRF also has entries for IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant and can help athletes gain entry to other IRONMAN races.