NORWALK, Conn.–The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) announces that its bold “Road to Victories” cycling event to raise funds for critical myeloma research began on September 3, 2017. “Road to Victories,” which is sponsored by Janssen Oncology, features a dedicated team of cyclists who departed from Los Angeles, California on Sunday for the 3,400-mile ride ending in Fairfield, Connecticut.
“Road to Victories” focuses on multiple myeloma awareness, and community support, and is on track to raise over $400,000 for critical myeloma research. The inspiring team of 18 cyclists includes 5 patients, as well as loved ones, supporters, and MMRF and Janssen Oncology employees. Seven cyclists will ride coast-to-coast over a seven-week period. Another group of 11 cyclists, including four multiple myeloma patients, will ride the first eight days of the journey – 546 miles through the Mojave Desert – to Flagstaff, Arizona. The coast-to-coast ride will end with a “Road to Victories” Grand Finale on October 21, 2017 in Fairfield, Connecticut, where hundreds of cyclists and supporters will gather to celebrate the finish of the ride. This event is opened to the public and the myeloma community.
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“We are inspired by and grateful for our team of dedicated cyclists, and thrilled that Janssen Oncology is sponsoring this important cycling event to further myeloma research and help empower patients,” said MMRF President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Giusti. “These riders give hope to all touched by multiple myeloma that patients can led active lives and achieve victories over cancer. Funds raised at events like this fuel the MMRF’s precision medicine research model, helping us develop breakthrough treatments with ever increasing momentum toward a cure. “
Carmen Phaneuf who is 48 years old from Little Silver, New Jersey is one of the 7-Day Desert Cyclists. “I was prepared to start a family when I was diagnosed, not to hear that I had cancer. I’m riding to show my 13-year-old daughter that I am a warrior and to support the MMRF’s efforts to continue to develop new treatments for patients like me,” says Phaneuf.
Visitors to the Road to Victories page can watch inspiring stories from the cyclists, learn more about navigating life with multiple myeloma, sign up for educational resources, and learn more about the event. Follow #RoadToVictories on social media for more information.
Chuck Wakefield who is 71 years old from Grapevine, Texas is one of the cross-country riders. “I was diagnosed in 2003 and am so grateful that I am now strong enough to ride across the country. I want to support the MMRF Road to Victories because taking action like this will not only raise awareness for multiple myeloma, but will raise critical funds to help patients who need new treatments.”
About the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)
The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to find a cure for multiple myeloma by relentless pursuing innovation that accelerates the development of next-generation treatments to extend the lives of patients. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF is a world-recognized leader in cancer research. Together with its partners, the MMRF has created the only end-to-end solution in precision medicine and the single largest genomic dataset in all cancers. The MMRF continues to disrupt the industry today, as a pioneer and leader at the helm of new research efforts. Since its inception, the organization has raised over $350 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. As a result, the MMRF has been awarded by Charity Navigator’s coveted four-star rating for 12 years, the highest designation for outstanding fiscal responsibility and exceptional efficiency.