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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Suzie Binch as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2017 MMRF Team for Cures: Tristate 5K Walk/Run.
Posted May 2017
Suzie became involved with the MMRF after reaching out to Kathy Giusti after getting her diagnosis of multiple myeloma in August 2013. She never thought she would need Kathy and the MMRF but is so grateful to have them in her backyard. When Suzie was initially diagnosed, she felt overwhelmed, however, her attitude improved after Kathy returned her first call. She was generous with her time and thoughtful words of encouragement.
“I will never forget Kathy Giusti saying, “Consider yourself lucky! We have options and this disease can be managed.”
Suzie honestly thought if Kathy can move forward with optimism and purpose, start a foundation with her twin sister, Karen, in the face of the very same diagnosis then she can just snap out of it and get going. The MMRF has made such a difference in so many lives. She decided all she had to do was alter her attitude and take this on like a job one day at a time.
Participating in MMRF Team for Cures: Tri-State Walk/Run was such an obvious choice. A large group of patients, family and friends from the Tri-State area gathering together in support of one another and the MMRF is truly inspiring! Suzie and her family are not sure how big the team will actually be this year but her friends have been very generous supporting her team’s fundraising efforts.
Her team name is easy. SUSU is what her 5 grandchildren call her. They are her engine and give her the will to keep living every day with gusto!
Her perseverance in the light of obstacles comes with the realization that we are all far stronger than we think. Given a challenge, we can rise to it with strength and support. Life is to be lived and cherished. Suzie no longer projects into the future but lives in the moment. She also believes attitude in the face of a chronic disease is paramount.
“I can’t change my reality but I can accept and work within a framework that allows me to appreciate all the doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, my husband Jim, family, and friends along with the MMRF. They have been in my corner and making a difference since the beginning of this journey. I have a great support system and recognizing them is key. How lucky am I? Very lucky and I feel this cancer has changed me for the better believe it or not.”
One of her strengths is not to dwell on the drama of the very real tough times that occur but to focus on the great strides made to make this a managed disease. Suzie takes it as it comes and plans on continuing that way. It’s about the power of being positive!
Suzie feels that the Spirit of Hope Award is a truly wonderful honor and is very moved by receiving it. She believes that her peers and friends who share this disease are very much part of this Spirit of Hope Award. We choose to keep moving forward, live life to the fullest and set an example for others that we can persevere.
The MMRF works tirelessly to find a cure to extend the lives of patients and we are proud to honor Suzie Binch as the 2017 recipient of the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award, given at every MMRF 5K Walk/Run event to a person or team who inspires hope and shows extraordinary commitment to the MMRF. Suzie has touched the myeloma community with her strength of character, her kindness, and her embodiment of hope.