David Haberman - Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

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David Haberman

MMRF Endurance Events, IRONMAN® Lake Placid

David’s Story

Posted: July, 2014

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 the official charity partner team would make his training and the race more meaningful.

The MMRF is the Official Charity Partner of 2014 IRONMAN Lake Placid, and is fielding a team of over 100 athletes to race at this epic event to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. David has never participated in an IRONMAN before and is looking forward to taking on the 140.6 mile event – a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and concluded with a 26.2 mile marathon run.

Through the MMRF Team for Cures, David asked to be put in touch with a multiple myeloma patient as a source of inspiration. The MMRF connected David to Trish Rubino, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2007.

At the time of her diagnosis, Trish was given a life expectancy of three to five years. Trish underwent a stem-cell transplant in 2008 and was in remission until relapsing in 2011. After exhausting all of her treatment options in the summer of 2012, a new drug was approved by the FDA only a couple of weeks later. She has been on it ever since and it is working. Trish recently celebrated seven years as a survivor.

David met Trish for the first time when he visited her while she was receiving treatment at Mount Sinai Hospital, which is a member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium – an affiliate organization of the MMRF. Experiencing Trish receiving treatment, allowed David to understand what a multiple myeloma patient must go through during the course of their disease. Connecting with Trish has made David’s training very personal and motivating.

“Whenever I am out training I think about how lucky I am for my health. I also feel some guilt because I do not believe I should deserve my strength while others suffer with chronic diseases,” shared David. “Racing for Trish helps to mitigate this guilt because I know my training is encouraging others to help fund a cure for multiple myeloma. I will be thinking of Trish and all myeloma patients on Sunday, July 27, when I race IRONMAN for the MMRF Team for Cures!”

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