This fundraiser was started in 2012 by Ellen Grammel and Teresa Meier who ran their first half-marathons to raise money for the IMF, after their father, Dr. Chris Meier, a family physician, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma at the age of 58 in the fall of 2009. Each year they have continued their efforts and have been joined by other family members, (including spouses and grandchildren), friends and members of the myeloma support group in Cincinnati. To date, over $17,000 has been raised. We appreciate your support for this event in raising money for the International Myeloma Foundation.
On July 16, 1999, we lost our dear friend Janet "JC" Johnson in her fight with cancer. She died of Myeloma, a little known, devastating cancer of the bone marrow, it was "JC's" wish that we help the fight against cancer by supporting cancer research whenever possible, it was in her honor this tournament was first conceived. After seventeen years, our circle of friends continues to grow and includes many others who have been touched by this disease. We invite you to join us in the fight by participating in this fun and worthwhile event.
The Red House Carnival fundraiser is an evening of fun, featuring a water pong tournament and backyard games. My dad loved good craft beer, Jimi Hendrix, and his family. This event is meant to highlight each of those aspects of his life. Through the support of local organizations like the Wegman’s Chestnut Hill, Whole Foods Brighton, Café Nation, and OTTO Pizza, the event last July was a huge success. Over the course of its first three years, this event has raised close to $20,000 in single night events that have been massively fun. We will once again be taking over the Aeronaut Brewery for a Sunday Funday in Somerville!
Scott was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Dec, 2012. He had several months of chemo and a stem cell transplant in May of 2013. Fall 2016 treatment began again and he plans to have another stem cell transplant June of 2017. He firmly believes that celebrating life together and raising money for a cure is a perfect combination. IMF research supports the development of new drug therapies and we are inviting you to help fund research that could possibly find a cure for multiple myeloma.
“Courage” is a quilt I made while visiting my dear friend Kay Wade in Washington State for her “Celebration of Life” in 2015. Although she had another form of cancer, she was courageous and fought every day for just one more day until God called her home. Cancer survivors are a rare breed no matter what form of cancer we may have. We have to have courage to be able to fight and perservere through all of the tests, treatments, biopsies, drug affects, and trail therapies. Multiple myeloma is determined and relentless and comes back with a vengeance. With your help, they are getting closer and closer to a cure. They are on the edge of it and I’m proof. I had my 3rd Stem Cell Transplant in August 2010 and I have been blessed with being cancer free ever since then. In August 2015, I raffled “Many Blooms of Life” quilt raising more than $900 for the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). I’m hoping to raise over $1,500 from “Courage.”
After a very successful event last year, we are happy to announce the 2nd annual "A Mission for Matt" Dinner Dance.
In November of 2013, at the age of 36, my brother Matt, a healthy, energetic teacher and coach, husband, and father of 3, was hospitalized with his 4th case of pneumonia. These multiple pneumonias, we found out 3 days later, were the result of a diagnosis none of us were prepared to hear - multiple myeloma. In December, being the selfless, generous man Matt is, he began a clinical trial in order to help fight this disease, and to help others afflicted with myeloma. This chemotherapy alone could not halt the myeloma from progressing, and Matt endured a stem cell transplant in June of 2015. Today, he continues to battle multiple myeloma with chemo every other week.