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Myeloma Coach and Patient Vern Van Houten to Walk 500 Miles for Myeloma Cancer Research!
Myeloma Coach and Patient Vern Van Houten to Walk 500 Miles for Myeloma Cancer Research!  image
Myeloma Coach and Patient Vern Van Houten to Walk 500 Miles for Myeloma Cancer Research!
Posted Jun 10, 2020

Vern is a multiple myeloma patient and Myeloma Coach for the Myeloma Crowd. He is a phenomenal influence and advocate for patients across the United States and reached out to our team with a determination to walk 500 miles for myeloma cancer research in the span of six months. 

"I have been a Multiple Myeloma cancer patient since June 2016. In January of 2017, I had a had a Stem Cell Transplant and since then, have been in complete remission. 

I also have Rheumatoid Arthritis and PMR (Polymyalgia rheumatica). Having been treated at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for 4 years, having the transplant, and a ton of medications, I am now well over being a '$3.5 million man'. 

I just turned 71 in April and want to get in better shape, lose weight and give back to those who have helped me along with helping others." 

- Vern

 

VERN'S WALK AND MISSION

In the span of 6 months, Vern hopes to walk 500 miles in support of myeloma cancer research.  All funds raised through direct donations or pledges (per mile) will be donated to myeloma cancer research.

HOW YOU CAN HELP/PLEDGE

Vern hopes to raise $125,000 for myeloma cancer research! Help support Vern by donating or pledging (by mile) to his walk:

  • Pledge $0.05 Per Mile = $25 Donation
  • Pledge $0.10 Per Mile = $50 Donation
  • Pledge $0.25 Per Mile = $125 Donation
  • Pledge $0.50 Per Mile = $250 Donation
  • Pledge $0.75 Per Mile = $375 Donation
  • Pledge $1.00 Per Mile = $500 Donation

Today, if 1000 people pledged $0.25/per mile ($125) donation, we could reach $125,000!

Every dollar raised will go directly to support the Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative (MCRI), funding groundbreaking research in myeloma. Each initiative within the MCRI have been carefully selected by a board of specialists. 

ALL PROCEEDS DONATED TO THE MYELOMA CANCER RESEARCH

The Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative is a crowdsourcing method of funding important myeloma research. The first Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative (MCRI) successfully raised $500,000 for two immunotherapy research projects for high-risk myeloma (CAR T and T cell treatments). The second MCRI campaign raised $250,000 for personalized myeloma therapies. 

Currently we are donating to a groundbreaking COVID-19 study for myeloma cancer patients. Help us identify the best possible protective therapies against COVID-19 for myeloma patients by donating to Vern's WALK 4 A CURE today!

 

Donate or Pledge to Vern's Walk for a Cure

 

The author Allyse Shumway

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Allyse Shumway

MyelomaCrowd Editorial Contributor. Daughter to a parent with cancer.

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