Team Moose Says Move Over Myeloma
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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Team Moose Says Move Over Myeloma as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honorees at the 2018 MMRF Team for Cures: South Florida 5K Walk/Run.
Team Moose Says Move Over Myeloma
Posted February 2018
Team Moose participates in honor of Larry “Moose” Calufetti and is captained by his daughters Erin Calufetti-Schumacher and Jenna Auckland. Larry’s nickname “Moose,” originated from his childhood years participating in sports, as a result of his large stature – the name has stuck ever since. Larry went on to play professional baseball with the Mets in the early 1970’s. For two years Larry fought one of the most aggressive forms of myeloma. Larry’s journey with myeloma tragically came to an end on February 1st of 2016.
“He had the biggest heart in the world,” said his daughters Jenna and Erin, “He wanted to give others anything that he had, that’s what truly made him happy.”
Larry inspired many through his determination and perseverance even while battling this terrible disease. He taught his daughters that it’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters, and he truly lived by this motto. From the first day of Larry’s diagnosis, he never once complained or wanted pity from anyone. Instead, he used this time to spread joy to everyone around him, even during his sickest days he remained positive and helped encourage and enlighten anyone he interacted with. Erin and Jenna’s hope is to carry on his legacy and live by one of his favorite verses, Romans 12:12 “rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
“Even though our dad is not with us today, the MMRF gives us hope in finding a cure for Multiple Myeloma and we are committed to helping those currently in need” stated Erin.
The Calufetti family first heard about the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation through a TV special on Tom Brokaw. They loved hearing the countless amazing stories and accomplishments of myeloma patient and founder of the MMRF, Kathy Guisti. It was then that they began looking for ways to get involved with the foundation. Larry was getting treatment at the University of Pennsylvania when they discovered that there was an MMRF 5K Walk/Run in Philadelphia. As Larry’s doctor was the Honorary Chair of the race, they felt it was their calling to participate.
The family didn’t stop there, the following year, the team hit the road to Chicago and participated in the 2016 MMRF Chicago 5K Walk/Run. This past year the team was thrilled the MMRF had added their hometown, Fort Lauderdale, to the 5K Walk/Run location line up. This year will be Team Moose’s fourth year participating in an MMRF 5K! The team continues to expand, hoping to exceed their last year’s team participant count of 85 runners and walkers, in addition to surpassing their $50K fundraising total! One special tradition the team started is designing their own team t-shirts and wearing moose ears on race day each year to adequately commemorate Larry “Moose” Calufetti. The race has significance for the Calufetti family as it is a way for them to keep Larry’s spirit and memory alive.
“It is a special day to get family and friends together to fight on and raise funds for others still battling, every day” says Erin.
Erin and Jenna are honored to receive the Spirit of Hope Award on behalf of their father. They are passionate about growing the Fort Lauderdale 5K to honor their dad and continue raising awareness and funds to fight this horrible disease.
“When our dad was battling myeloma we found so much hope in hearing the success stories of patients due to the new drugs and immunotherapy trials coming out of the pipeline largely due to funding from organizations like MMRF.”
The MMRF works tirelessly to find a cure to extend the lives of patients and is proud to honor Team Moose Says Move Over Myeloma as the 2018 recipient of the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award. Team Moose Says Move Over Myeloma has touched the myeloma community with their strength of character, kindness, and embodiment of hope.