First Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk to Benefit the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)

Saturday,October 12, 2019

Online Donations Are Still Being Accepted. 

Please join “Schleicher’s Hikers” and Ravens Roost #74 of Harford County, MD at the MA & PA Heritage Trail for our First Annual 5K  Fun Run/Walk to benefit the International Myeloma Foundation 

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We are sponsoring this 5K Walk/Run in honor of Jim Schleicher, who is fighting against a difficult cancer known as multiple myeloma. He has been battling this cancer since 2012 when he was diagnosed after a routine physical. Jim is a supporter of the MA &PA Trail Association and is a frequent user of the bike trail. He is one of the strongest people around, and is truly a valiant warrior against multiple myeloma!

Jim’s myeloma cancer gene is apparently very aggressive since the beast broke through two stem cell transplants -- the first with his own stem cells and, a year and a half later, with stem cells donated by his son Jimmy. Currently Jim is awaiting acceptance into a clinical drug trial and, in the interim, is being treated with bridge chemotherapy and radiation.

With dignity and fortitude, Jim continues to wage this war throughout his difficult ordeal. With the enthusiastic support of his family and friends, he (and we) remain committed to raising funds for multiple myeloma research until a cure is found. With thanks in advance, the Schleicher Family and the IMF appreciate your help in supporting this endeavor!

Location: MA & PA TRAIL, Bel Air Section, Williams Street entrance Bel Air, MD 21014
Registration Online:  $35, includes T-shirt (registration closes 10/8/19) at 11:59 PM
Day of Registration Fee -- $40 (includes t-shirt if still available)
Onsite Registration Begins at 8 am (water, fruit and snacks provided)
Event Begins at 9 am
After-Party will be held from 11 am- 2 pm at the Main Street Tower, 29 S. Main Street, Downtown Bel Air, MD. There will be live music by Dave Reed, Auction Baskets, 50/50 Raffle, and fun for all. Drinks and food available for purchase. 

This is not a timed event.  Run or walk at your own pace to the finish line.

If you cannot attend but want to show your support,

please click on the blue Donate button at the top of the page. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses. This event will be widely publicized in Harford and surrounding counties (e.g., notices in The Aegis and Patch newspapers, flyers in gyms, restaurants and bars, etc). We will provide recognition to each and every business that assists us.  “In-kind” donations as well as monetary contributions will be greatly appreciated. Gift cards for the Auction Baskets are also needed. For more information, please contact Joy Schleicher Mays at (410) 236-7346 or by email at 

After the walk, the group will gather at The Main Street Tower. There we will celebrate our efforts with music by Dave Reed and fun for all.  This event will include Auction Baskets and 50/50 raffles along with food and drinks available for purchase.

We thank you in advance for your interest and support for “Schleicher’s Hikers” First Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk to benefit the International Myeloma Foundation.

                                                      Hikers with Grandson   Hikers in Philadelphia 


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About Multiple Myeloma and the IMF:

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells. Plasma cells make antibodies against infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. A cancerous or malignant plasma cell is called a myeloma cell. Myeloma is called "multiple" because there are frequently multiple patches or areas in bone marrow where it grows. The most common symptoms of myeloma are back or bone pain, unexplained fatigue, and recurrent or persistent infections. Myeloma is treatable and outcomes continue to improve.

Founded in 1990, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is the first and largest organization focusing specifically on multiple myeloma. The IMF's reach extends to more than 525,000 members in 140 countries worldwide. The IMF is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure through four founding principles: Research, Education, Support, and Advocacy.  

The IMF is dedicated to raising community awareness, funding critical research and providing programs locally and nationally for patients and caregivers. The International Myeloma Foundation is a non-profit public corporation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3)organization in the State of California. 

Checks may be made payable to International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) and mailed to:

International Myeloma Foundation 
Attn: Suzanne Battaglia/Schleicher’s Hikers
12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206
North Hollywood, CA 91607

Please note in the Memo Line:  Schleicher’s Hikers

Proceeds will benefit the IMF to raise funds for research

and to provide education and support to myeloma patients and their families.

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