Participation in the Flying Pig Marathon began in 2012 when Ellen Grammel and Teresa Meier ran their first half-marathons in order to raise money for the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). Their father, Dr. Chris Meier, a family physician, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in the fall of 2009, at the age of 58. Each year they have continued their efforts and have been joined by other family members, (including spouses and grandchildren), friends and other members of the myeloma support group in Cincinnati. To date, they have raised over $10,000.
The Flying Pig events are occurring April 30 th and May 1st. We would appreciate your support in raising money for the IMF, who provides both education and research dollars that help myeloma patients and their families. When the IMF was founded 25 years ago there was little knowledge and limited research money dedicated to this fatal disease. Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer but comprises only 1% of cancer diagnoses. This cancer has no cure, but new treatments have had improving lengths of survival. In 2000 the average survival was 2-3 years. Now survival is many more years, and improving each year.
The IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative is in full swing, working to cure this disease. We are raising money to support this important endeavor. This year, in addition to the half-marathoners, myeloma patients with family and friends will be walking/running the 5K and 10K races. We appreciate your support: The IMF has been invaluable to all of us in the Cincinnati Myeloma Support Group in supporting our journeys in battling this disease. You can donate safely online by clicking on the red Donate button above.