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I am happy to participate in donating the profits of my opal jewelry to the IMF with this fundraiser. I have a personal connection to multiple myeloma on several accounts. My mother, Rhoda Klitsner was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and passed away in 2003.Contact me at my Etsy shop where it says, “Ask A Question” next to each listing if you want to speak with me.
Photography has been my hobby and my favorite thing to do. It took me three tries to know what I wanted to do in my life as a career and I’m happy that I found my niche. It also helped me through the loss of my dad, Michael, who passed away from multiple myeloma on April 3, 2018. Growing up I would see my dad always give back to his community, as well as his cancer support group. This has made me want to do what he did and use my photography expertises to give back to help those who are battling multiple myeloma. I hope that with me giving back that I make a difference in someone’s life!
This cancer has affected both of our lives in negative ways, which is why we have decided to make a difference. We are hoping to raise $10K in support of the International Myeloma Foundation for research to find a cure for multiple myeloma. In our efforts, we hope to help as much as we can to contribute to the fight against myeloma. It starts with us, with you, working together to make a difference.
-Bayla and Sarah.
As I begin to plan this 2019 fundraising story for all of you, I am writing this on the days leading up to my 10-year anniversary of my Stem Cell Transplant. It was April 19, 2009 when I had the clean cells put back into me. I had my last maintenance therapies in early 2011 and that was only Zometa. I am one of the fortunate ones who made it to double digits after SCT and so this riding and supporting I do, is my way to give back to this community I never wanted to be a member of. So, here I am in 2019 leaving for the mid-west and east-coast to support Multiple Myeloma and cancer patients and care givers in Kansas. Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, New York and Ontario Canada.
I am doing this hike to raise money for the international Myeloma Foundation (IMF). My nephew, Timothy Gavallas, has multiple myeloma, and the foundation has given him spiritual support and a network of friends that have helped he and his family face their battle with myeloma.
In 2017, while still with the Vet Center, he was diagnosed with 2 cancers, Multiple Myeloma and Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, with the VA and military linking both these cancers to his service in and out of country (burn Pits in Iraq and his job as an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter). As of 2018, BagYo has successfully put the Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma into remission, and continues to march on in the fight against Multiple Myeloma. His fight is still being documented via video logs and journals which are being released on Youtube. Having found a new voice and passion through music, and his current fight with cancer, BagYo has the opportunity to access a platform and empathy that many others are unable to. By all accounts, he appears to do so with confidence.