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Running for a Cure

In November, I’m running with my siblings to raise funds for cancer research. Many of you know that my mom has Multiple Myeloma. She was diagnosed a few weeks after my first daughter was born. I remember getting that phone call during my maternity leave, rocking my new baby and crying because she would never get to know her wonderful grandmother.

1st transplant

Mom and Lottie after first transplant

Well, that was over five years ago, and right now my mom is hanging out in Europe visiting the sites and returning to Denmark to visit where she served a mission for our church.  The only reason that is possible is because of great advances in research. She has had two stem cell transplants with great success. My daughters know her and love her, and just a few years earlier, with the treatments available then, that wouldn’t have been possible. She’s had more years than expected, and it’s only through funding research that we can hope to give more families more time with their loved ones affected by this cancer.

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So, I’m running. What can you do? You can donate! I have a goal to raise at least $1,500 to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. I have three months to do it. My brother and sister are well on their way to reaching their goals, and I’m woefully behind. But I’ve seen such great giving spirit in the crafting community that I’m sure I can reach my goal with your help.   Please, donate if you can. If you can’t, maybe you could spread the word to others who can.

Shaved heads to show support

Shaved heads to show support

 

To help things along, I am going to make a quilt for one lucky person who donates! Quilting makes me feel closer to my mom, and closer to my daughters. It sounds all cheesy, I know, but quilts bridge generations.

Mom and the girls after 2nd transplant

Mom and the girls after 2nd transplant

Here’s how it’ll work. I will have a record of everyone who donates here. When I reach my goal, I will randomly select one winner. That person will get to choose a color palette they like and I will make them a quilt. When it comes time to race, I will also choose several other random people to get more fun stuff! Maybe a bag, maybe pillows, maybe fabric bundles (if you’re in to that sort of thing) and other favorite things.

 

What are you waiting for? Help the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation find a cure for this currently un-curable cancer!

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4 Thoughts on “Running for a Cure

  1. Colleen, you are awesome! And you know how much I love your mom. I’m so glad they got to go in such a great trip! She is so lucky to have such an amazing family and support group in all of her kids.

  2. Gloria Johnson on August 22, 2013 at 6:48 pm said:

    What a great support group I have been blessed with.

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