In 2015, my dear friend Shaun was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma; a cancer that strikes plasma cells inside bone marrow. Currently there is no cure, but Shaun has responded well to treatments developed by Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Fred Hutch Research Center is at the forefront of developing treatments for multiple myeloma. Hutch researchers pioneered the mini-transplant reducing the amount of radiation to a minimal dose. Their researchers are also working to reduce the occurrence of relapse by “Maintenance therapy” after the transplant using biological modifiers, immune stimulators and chemotherapy.
I am walking in support of my friend, this research and awareness of multiple myeloma. The walk has a lofty goal this year to raise $100,000. 100% of fundraised dollars will go to help develop a form of immunotherapy, using CAR-T cells a potentially curative therapy for multiple myeloma patients.