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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Brian Hedford as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honorees at the 2017 MMRF Team for Cures: Los Angeles 5K Walk/Run.
Posted October 2017
Brian Hedford was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in March of 2016 after a routine physical showed a high M Protein spike. He began chemo immediately at UCLA. Fortunately, living in Los Angeles gave Brian access to excellent centers including UCLA and Cedars Sinai. He did two rounds of treatment which proved to be very effective. Brian and wife, Molly decided to do his stem cell transplant with Dr. Krishnan at City of Hope. Recently, Brian celebrated his stem cell transplant birthday on, September 14th. We are happy to report, Brian recently went into remission! He will finish his 18th round of KRD at the end of November and will stay on Revlimid for maintenance.
After his diagnosis, Brian and his wife Molly sought out as many resources as possible. They saw the MMRF was hosting the first Los Angeles 5K Walk/Run and immediately signed up. While Brian was getting ready for his stem cell transplant, Molly took over setting up Team Hedford’s fundraising site and contacted their friends and family. The team had a great turnout, they raised over $10K and won biggest team.
“I was only 2 months post stem cell transplant and the event truly felt like I was re-entering some sort of normal life and I had such an amazing support group” – Brian Hedford
The team is excited to participate in the MMRF Los Angeles 5k Walk/Run for the second year. Brian has been spreading the word about how fun the event was last year. To gain more support for the race, he has reached out to doctors and patients and has distributed race flyers at UCLA and City of Hope. Brian hopes to see this event and other MMRF events expand further in Los Angeles. Brian has connected with others patients outside of the Los Angeles area through social media and other channels to share stories.
“The MMRF is getting patients and doctors involved in trials so we can continue to get effective drugs approved faster. The MMRF programs like the Compass Study are moving us all closer to a cure.” – Brian Hedford
Brian’s myeloma journey has not been easy but his spirit has remained strong and positive. He truly does have a spirit of hope for the future of Multiple Myeloma.
“Cancer is so scary and life changing, but it has brought me closer to family and friends in a way that is hard to describe unless you are in it. My priorities have changed in a positive way. Although I am scared to be in my 40’s with two young children and not know when this may come back, I remain confident, (not just hopeful) that I will live a long time.”
The MMRF works tirelessly to find a cure to extend the lives of patients, and is proud to honor Brian Hedford as the 2017 recipient of the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award. This award is given at every MMRF 5K Walk/Run event to a person or team who inspires hope and shows extraordinary commitment to the MMRF. Brian has touched the myeloma community with his strength of character, his kindness, and his embodiment of hope.