Multiple Myeloma Research Walk/5K at Wolfe Park in Columbus, Ohio
Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of the blood. This cancer occurs in the bone marrow. The marrow is found in the center bones. This is where red and white blood cells and platelets grow. Multiple myeloma occurs when a plasma cell, a type of white blood cell, doesn’t stop replicating and clogs up the areas that are used to create a wide variety of antibodies to support our immune system. These abnormal plasma cells take up more and more room inside the marrow cavity. This leads to less and less area for normal blood cells to exist. The most common symptoms are bone pain, fatigue, and loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination, restlessness, difficulty in thinking or confusion, nausea and vomiting.
My mother-in-law was diagnosed with Multiple Myleloma on August 16, 2012. She is now in remission.
This 5K/1 Mile walk/run was hosted by Mmore (@beMmmore on twitter). Some of the sponsors for the event were Kroger’s, Jason’s Deli, Body-Mind Connections Massage Therapy, YOR Health, Takeda Millennium, 102.5FM, ClearChannel Outdoor, Celgene, Genentech, Ron Lykins Inc., Graeter’s, healthspot, plante moran, Plot Media, Forts Studios, Root Beer Float Productions, and Murray Video.
Jean Ann Smith, the Survivor
If someone walked up to me a year ago and asked me about Multiple Myeloma, I would have nothing to offer them. Today, I could offer an insight into the disease also known as Kahler’s disease, after Otto Kahler. My Mother-in-Law, Jean Ann Smith, was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in August of 2012, and was walking for the disease on June 1st of 2013 in full remission.
Jean Ann was seen by Dr. Don Benson at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center - James Cancer Institute (@TheJamesOSU on twitter). Lucky for us, we live within an hour of one of the best treatment centers for Multiple Myleoma.
Jean Ann began chemotherapy treatment soon after being diagnosed with Multiple Myelona. Once she was in remission after months of chemo, she was admitted to the James Cancer Center on February 7, 2013 to receive a stem-cell transplant. The stem-cell transplant is also called a hematopoietic cell transplant. The stem cells are removed from the patient before the high-dose chemotherapy and stored until they can be reinfused into the body in the transplant.
The high-dose chemotherapy Jean Ann had, is designed to kill as many myeloma cells in the body as possible. It destroys the patient’s own bone marrow and immune system. Bone marrow that is damaged by high-dose chemotherapy can no longer produce new stem cells on its own. Stem cells are primitive cells that develop into important blood cells—including white blood cells to fight disease, red blood cells to carry oxygen and platelets to help blood clot. Jean Ann’s stem-cell transplant was successful and she was released from the James on February 24th, 2013.
How you can help
There are many ways individuals and business entities can help. You can help by spreading the word about the disease to educate others about it. Other’s may choose to help by being a volunteer at events like the Move Mmore 5k & 1 Mile Run/Walk to benefit Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research & Education. If individuals and business entities have the means, some choose to donate funds. These are just a few ways to help battle this rare disease and hopefully find a cure one day. Below are some links to help you be an active player in the cure for Multiple Myeloma.
Spread the Word
- Donate to Mmore through Sponsoring Jean Ann(I may be biased in asking you to choose this option)
- Donation page on Multiple Myeloma | Opportunities for Research & Education’s website
- Donate on the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s website