MMRF Ann Landers Race for Research: Chicago 5K Walk/Run
The MMRF is proud to honor Michael Rosengarden as a 2013 recipient of the Spirit of Hope Award, given at every MMRF Race for Research 5K event to an individual who inspires hope and shows extraordinary commitment to the MMRF. Michael has touched the myeloma community with his strength of character, his kindness, and his embodiment of hope.
Posted: September, 2013
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Michael Rosengarden as the Torrance Campbell Spirit of Hope honoree for the 2013 MMRF Ann Landers Race for Research: Chicago 5K Walk/Run. Michael’s wife, Andrea, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2008 and has faced many tough challenges during her battle.
Michael’s focus quickly became learning as much as possible about myeloma and supporting Andrea at every moment. Andrea underwent a stem cell transplant in 2009 but relapsed in 2011. In the wake of this setback, Michael reached out to the MMRF for help. An introduction was made to Dr. Andrzej Jakubowiak, Director of the Myeloma Program at the University of Chicago, which is a Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium member institution. Andrea became Dr. Jakubowiak’s patient and, under his care, endured another transplant in 2012. She has since been on the newly FDA approved Kyprolis®, which has helped her greatly. Andrea is currently in remission.
Michael knew he needed to do something proactive to help fund new treatment options for Andrea and other myeloma patients. The MMRF Race for Research 5K event in Chicago caught Michael’s attention and in 2011 he formed the “Andy’s Angels” team in honor of Andrea. The team has participated ever since and continues to grow every year. Over the last two years, with the support of family and friends, “Andy’s Angels” has raised nearly $40,000 at the Chicago Race.
“Without the help of the MMRF and Dr. Jakubowiak’s expertise, care and compassion, Andrea would not be in the good health that she is in today,” Michael said. “That is why we are so dedicated to the MMRF and the Race for Research: Chicago 5K.”
Additionally, Michael is a staunch supporter of the Annual MMRF Chicago Awards Dinner and he has also organized an MMRF independent event to raise funds for myeloma research. Michael’s annual Mercedes Benz Golf Classic has raised a cumulative $25,000 in the past three years.
This year, “Andy’s Angels” has set an incredible $30,000 fundraising goal for the Chicago Race and the team is well on their way to achieving that aspiration. As the team captain, Michael is looking forward to getting his family and friends together to honor Andrea.
“I see myself as someone who is just doing what they are supposed to do,” Michael shared. “Life has been good enough to me to make it possible to help others battling this cancer.”
The MMRF received dozens of Torrance Campbell Spirit of Hope nominations from family and friends for Michael Rosengarden. Each and every nomination contained an overarching theme: perseverance. Michael quickly became the go-to support system for his entire family after Andrea’s diagnosis and has dedicated much of his time and energy to the mission of the MMRF.
“Michael has been my pillar of strength and hope since day one,” Andrea stated in her nomination letter. “He is at every doctor appointment, advocates for me and is my rock. His strength amazes me every step of the way and I know I would not be here without him by my side.”