By Allyse Shumway | Posted - Jan 31st, 2020

 

 

 

 

What is the Muscles for Myeloma Program?

Muscles for Myeloma is a campaign promoting fitness for multiple myeloma patients. Because fitness levels determine possible treatments, it is critical that patients stay healthy as possible and prevent co-morbidities that would disqualify them from receiving combination therapies, stem cell transplant or long-term treatments. However, you don't need to run marathons to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even taking 30 minutes a day to exercise can help you achieve better myeloma outcomes. 

This year, the Myeloma Crowd is focused on helping you set high and attainable fitness goals. Our Muscles for Myeloma campaign includes various opportunities to learn and be active:

MUSCLES FOR MYELOMA ARTICLES

During the month of March (Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month) and September (Blood Cancer Awareness Month) we will highlight the importance of fitness in a series of articles on the Myeloma Crowd site. Articles focus on mental, physical and emotional health - all of which are crucial for a patient.

Also, in March we are introducing a free, NEW Muscles for Myeloma Exercise Challenge that encourages patients, family and friends to get active! Next month we'll be releasing more information about the challenge, however to get ready we recommend joining our Muscles for Myeloma Facebook Page or subscribing to the Myeloma Crowd Newsletter. Prizes will be included! 

MUSCLES FOR MYELOMA FACEBOOK PAGE

Great way for patients, caregivers, and Myeloma Crowd supporters to get active and stay motivated! Follow our NEW Muscles for Myeloma Facebook Group to learn more about why fitness matters to patients. We'll be posting updates about our fitness challenge in March along with encouraging posts and articles to help us build "muscles for myeloma" together!

MUSCLES FOR MYELOMA EVENTS

Interested in staying active and donating to myeloma research? Join one of our fitness events throughout the year. All proceeds received at these events go to benefit the Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative. 

Muscles for Myeloma: 5K and 1M Race, Columbus OH (May 2020)

We are delighted to host the 4th Annual Muscles for Myeloma 5K and 1 Mile Walk in Columbus, Ohio on May 30, 2020. The race was established by the Move MMORE Legacy over 10 years ago and was turned over to the Myeloma Crowd in 2017.  We are grateful for the opportunity to continue a race and tradition that has greatly impacted the myeloma community in Columbus. In 2019, we raised over $50,000 for myeloma research with 750 race participants. We anticipate a growing crowd at our June 2020 race and hope you can join us as we "build muscles for myeloma" and run for a cure! 

Annual Muscles for Myeloma 5K and 1M Walk in Columbus: Why We Participate

Saturday, May 30 | Columbus, OH

Muscles for Myeloma: Bike the Coast, Oceanside, CA (May and Oct 2020)

In 2019, myeloma patient Richard Hite hosted a 600 mile, 6-day ride from San Francisco to San Diego, donating all cycling proceeds back to the Myeloma Crowd.

In 2020, we hope to continue Richard's ride by partnering with Bike the Coast to attend two of their top cycling events! It's a great opportunity to participating in a cycling event for all fitness levels, while donating to a great cause.

Every participant is required to fundraise a certain amount to participate in the event. All fundraising proceeds go directly to support myeloma research and if you are unable to reach your fundraising minimum, you will be required to pay that minimum yourself.

Saturday, May 16 | Encinitas, CA

Saturday, October 24 | Oceanside, CA

Read Richard Hite's article below from last year's Bike the Coast event and how cycling has helped him as a myeloma patient.

Richard Hite: Founder of the Myeloma Crowd Cycling Club and Bike the Coast Cyclist (2018)

Muscles for Myeloma: Hike Bryce Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, UT (July 2020)

Participants will join a scenic hike through the world-famous Zions National Park and the Narrows in addition to a second day optional hike in Bryce Canyon. 

Every participant is required to fundraise a certain amount to participate in the event. All fundraising proceeds go directly to support myeloma research and if you are unable to reach your fundraising minimum, you will be required to pay that minimum yourself.

Friday - Saturday, July 17-18 | Zion National Park, UT

January is Myeloma Crowd Month! In the coming weeks, we are highlighting each of our programs and how they can help you in your myeloma journey. Learn more about what we do and if you run into a question or concerns, please email info@crowdcare.org. 

 
Allyse Shumway
About the Author

Allyse Shumway - MyelomaCrowd Editorial Contributor. Daughter to a parent with cancer.

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