A little less than a year ago, the four of us decided to plan a girls’ trip to New Orleans and run the half-marathon on February 28, 2016. Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that the lead-up and training for this event would coincide with the diagnosis and treatment of our good friend’s smoldering myeloma and kidney amyloidosis.
Carrie Peterson is a loyal friend, devoted mother to Mauri and Max, and spirited fighter. Following a series of puzzling medical problems in the spring and summer of 2015, she was diagnosed with smoldering myeloma and began treatments to halt its progression. After developing further symptoms, Carrie visited the Myeloma Institute in Little Rock, AR, for further diagnoses and was discovered to have kidney amyloidosis. She returned to the Myeloma Institute in January and is currently undergoing chemotherapy and will eventually have an autologous stem cell transplant to replenish her plasma cells. Carrie has handled her diagnosis and treatment with enviable grace and humor. We are all in awe of her strength and want to run this race in her honor.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation as we each run 13.1 miles for Carrie, by clicking on the Donate button. All proceeds will be used to benefit the programs of the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF).