Lily 20


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My sister-in-law, Lily, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in February of 2016. She fought hard until October 2018. After endless rounds of chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant that put her in remission for a month, she rapidly declined and became another victim of this terrible disease.

Her death was very hard on our family. I wanted to do something to honor her legacy. It was important for me to keep engaging her very dedicated support team from her Facebook memorial page, which  helps spread awareness for this disease. I sought the International Myeloma Foundation’s assistance in creating a fundraising system to continue to help spread awareness, and garner funds and public awareness.

 After battling an unknown illness for several years myself, I made massive changes in my lifestyle to promote positive health and fitness. I had spent over 10 years building my businesses and neglecting my health, and if I did not change my habits I was on a path to a short life. I began my training incrementally because in the first few days, I could not run a mile without nearly passing out. After stringing together several weeks of consecutive training days, I found myself rapidly losing weight and gaining a high level of fitness. A few short weeks later, I found myself having cut nearly 50 pounds of weight. I had pushed my physical abilities from only being able to run less than one mile to biking, running, and swimming multiple marathon distances each week in training. The only thing left for me was to create a training goal.

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I spent many weeks brainstorming what I could do to keep myself focused, and ultimately chose Ironman competitions. My goal is to qualify for my age division in future Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, as well as qualify for the Ultraman.

I decided to partner with the International Myeloma Foundation to fulfill Lily’s legacy. She is one of thousands of people affected by this cancer that as of yet has no cure. My goal is to raise enough funds to help earn a $50,000 Brian D. Novis Research Grant for a researcher working tirelessly on a cure for this disease. Every $50,000 raised will help fund myeloma research grants.

I believe that we must stand together in this fight.  My part will be training 8-12 hours daily to be ready to perform at the highest personal level possible for my competitions. My first Ironman event will be September 27, 2020 in Augusta, Georgia.    

I humbly ask that you help me with a donation in any amount to the International Myeloma Foundation, and to also spread my mission to anyone you know through social media, word of mouth, and any other method possible. You can do so by clicking on the blue Donate button above.

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We can ONLY defeat this disease TOGETHER. Thank you!

 To send a donation directly to the International Myeloma Foundation
Mail to:
International Myeloma Foundation
Attn: Suzanne Battaglia 12650 Riverside Drive Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607
Please notate in the Memo Line: Lily 20
Proceeds will benefit the International Myeloma Foundation