MMRF Race for Research: Philadelphia 5K Walk/Run 2012
Posted: October, 2012
When Greg Chess was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2004, no one in his circle of family or friends had ever heard of the disease. Like many other newly diagnosed patients, he set out right away to learn more, and found himself on the MMRF website.
Greg and his family quickly learned as much as they could about multiple myeloma and the mission of the MMRF – to relentlessly pursues innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. They knew right away that besides finding the best doctors, that most important thing that they could do to help Greg was to help raise awareness and funds for myeloma research via one of the MMRF Events.
Greg and his family were excited to discover that the MMRF Race for Research 5K Walk/Run Program was coming that same year to Philadelphia. The decision to form a team at the inaugural MMRF Race for Research: Philadelphia 5K Walk/Run was an easy one. Over the course of their eight years of participation, Team Chess has raised almost $200,000!
As a nine year survivor, who has been treatment free for seven years, Greg feels extremely lucky, and wants others to know that there is so much hope. Since he was diagnosed, Greg has bought a business, gotten married and started a family with beautiful twin boys. Asked where he draws his inspiration from, Greg answers, “My wife and kids and the rest of my amazing family and friends – Team Chess –give me so much strength.”
Though Greg likes to avoid the spotlight, he knows sharing his story will help other people living with myeloma, and that it will serve as a way to show his fellow Team Chess members how much he appreciates their support these many years. He wants myeloma patients to know there is a brighter future ahead… and that he is living proof of that!