My involvement with the IMF started 13 years ago when my dad came home from a doctor’s appointment and told my siblings and I that he had "the big C."
Once the information sunk in, and my dad's treatments began, my siblings and I took action. Our family had been members of the country club down the road since my mother was a teenager, and we all swam on the swim team. We enlisted the help of our teammates and the club members and hosted the first annual Wamp Swim-a-thon. The Wamp Swim raised over $125,000 for the IMF over the next ten years and our relationship with them continued to grow. This successful enterprise was a huge bragging point for my dad, who would sit in the doctor's office and hand out IMF bracelets, pamphlets, and pins to new myeloma patients and talk to them about their diagnosis.
In February of 2001, at the age of 45, my father was given 3-5 years to live. His children were 18, 15, 12, and 11. Through the dedication of his medical team and the efforts of organizations like the IMF, my dad was able to see each of his children graduate from college and start careers. He walked my older sister down the aisle and watched her belly grow with his first grandson. In February of 2013, my father's battle with multiple myeloma ended in the same way it started - surrounded by his wife and children telling him that they loved him. Although his fight is over, the myeloma community's is not.
Thus, “The Red House Carnival” was born! Your admission ticket ($30 for individuals, $50 for a team) will enter you into a water pong tournament - which will be played with water due to blue laws - and allow you to enjoy beer, food, and live music. There will also be carnival games offered. Webster’s dictionary defines a superhero as, “a benevolent character with superhuman powers.” My dad’s superpower when fighting cancer was his triple threat in entertaining: he provided good music, good beer, and a good laugh. He also played a mean air guitar to Jimi Hendrix's "Red House," one of my favorite activities to share with him. So partner with a friend, make your team name as punny as possible, and let’s raise a cold one for the myeloma community!
Please join me at 7pm June 6th at: Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Ave Suite 1-A
Somerville, MA 02143