2nd Annual March Against Myeloma 2016

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Event Details
Contact Justin McWethy
Phone 000-000-0000
Email Address Justin.mcwethy@gmail.com

When:   Saturday April 23rd, 2016 from

               9am – 12pm

Where:  3525 Broken Tee Drive Hood

               River, Oregon

Why:     To spread awareness of multiple

               myeloma while raising funds for

               the International Myeloma

               Foundation for research and

               education

Saturday, April 23rd will be a celebration of this fundraising campaign. Come on out to the banks of beautiful Indian Creek for a community stewardship project!  Together with the Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District we will be spreading mulch to help protect hundreds of young native trees and shrubs.  Come early by 9am to get your fresh coffee, bagels, and pastries.  The image above will also be available for screen-printing on site, we just ask you to bring your own t-shirt and a small donation to the campaign.

This stewardship event is a way for people to come together to express our care for the local environment, as well as our care for all people directly or indirectly affected by cancer.  Below is a short history of my mother’s fight.  Here is a link from the last year’s event published by the International Myeloma Foundation: http://seva.support.myeloma.org/blog/mcwethy-familys-march-against-myeloma

 

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Please RSVP!

So that we know how many tools and breakfast goods to provide

To: Justin.mcwethy@gmail.com

For directions and further information on this event please see this site: http://solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/ics-broken-tee-mulching

A snapshot from the year:

It has been a rollercoaster of a year.  Since last year’s MAM fundraising campaign my mom has fully recovered from her stem cell transplant, entered into remission, and resumed her maintenance chemotherapy regime.  Everything was going great, and in November my mom was able to witness my wedding.  It was the happiest moment of my life.  However, just before Christmas my mom had a sudden heart attack.  Luckily she was able to get treatment quickly and recovered.  We rushed home and were able to be by my mom’s side.  Even with a massive heart attack my mom was able to be home for Christmas.  She was out walking just a few days after that.  Since December she has been kicking butt in her cardiac rehab program and regained her heart strength.  There is no end to how much she inspires me.  So I have continued this campaign in honor of her and in honor of all the other fighters out there.

Timeline:

May 2012

  • Mom underwent renal failure and first learned that she had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma

June

  • Began chemotherapy and dialysis three days a week

July

  • Kidneys began to work again

  • Came off of dialysis

September

  • Bone marrow biopsy indicating a complete remission

October

  • Bone marrow stem cells collected and frozen

October 2012 – August 2014

  • Complete remission

  • Maintenance dosage of chemotherapy every two weeks

August 2014

  • Bone marrow biopsy indicating a return of cancer cells

October

  • Stem cell transplant

April 2015

  • Resumed maintenance chemotherapy every two weeks

November

  • Bone marrow biopsy indicating residual cancer cells

  • Remission

  • Continue maintenance chemotherapy every two weeks

December

  • Heart Attack

  • Added cardiac medications and cardiac rehabilitation

  • Continued maintenance chemotherapy every two weeks

 

 Please join me and my family in this march to find a cure, increase awareness, and spread love

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(Mom and I November 2015)

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