#FeatureFriday: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation 5K Walk/Run
Since 2001, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation has been holding a 5K walk/run. This event helps raise money for research and related programming. In fact, about 90% of the foundation’s entire budget goes to research and related programming as a whole. The foundation was founded by twin sisters, Kathy Giusti and Karen Andrews, after Kathy was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Unfortunately, there is no cure yet for the cancer, but thanks to people like Giusti and Andrews, someday there will be one. The event is held in eleven cities across the nation, one of which is Boston.
This past year in Boston the event was held on May 1, 2016. The race began at 8 A.M. in Carson Beach in South Boston. There was a pre-event program before the event at 7:15 A.M. and a post-event awards program at 9:30 A.M. A tot trot race was also held for children ages five and under. Children ages 6 through 17 were able to participate in the regular race. Pets were also allowed to take part in the race as long as they began after the runners and were kept on a leash. Strollers were allowed to participate as well as long as they started after the runners. Clearly the event was extremely family friendly.
The goal was to raise $375,000 which was easily surpassed as they raised $548,073. The honorary race chair was Dr. Paul Richardson from Dana Farber. Also, the Spirit of Hope Honoree was Brendan Farmer. Alex Eld won the men’s race coming in at 16 minutes and 55 seconds. Emily Jones won the women’s race coming in at 19 minutes and 28 seconds.
Our tents and other rental items were at the event. It was a pleasure to have our rentals at this event, knowing that they were being used for such an important cause. If you would like to learn more about the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and their future events then be sure to visit their website.
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