Don Wright, who lives in the greater Minneapolis area, is planning to run marathons in all 50 states. He is running despite the fact that he has had cancer for more than eight years. And despite the fact that he is 70 years old.
“Here I am living with cancer, and my biggest complaint is runner’s knee!”
Don began running marathons eight years ago, just as he was diagnosed with myeloma, and as of July 2011, he has run 55 marathons in 37 states. As Don races toward the New York City Marathon and beyond under his “E-Race Cancer” banner, he is running on behalf of the charity Team Continuum to raise funds and help pay essential cost-of-living bills for cancer patients.
Don is also running with the support of the Tackle Cancer Foundation in Dallas, to honor the memory of its founder, former NFL linebacker Elijah Alexander, who passed away from multiple myeloma.
Don’s cancer, myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is a blood cancer that affects cells in the bone marrow and can damage bone. It cannot yet be cured. With new drugs and new treatments, it can be managed long term. Don is on an investigational new drug that may represent an even newer generation of treatment options for patients.
“I’m running with cancer, not from cancer—because living with myeloma is a marathon, not a sprint!” says Don. “I’m lucky—I take just a pill a day, so I am free to literally run around the country instead of being tied to a doctors’ office for traditional chemotherapy treatments, and I don’t have to deal with the side effects those treatments could bring.”
Don has never looked back since he began running marathons shortly after he was diagnosed with myeloma. In just eight years, Don has run over 1,400 miles. Don hopes his determination to complete marathons in all 50 states will inspire others living with cancer.
DON’S UPCOMING MARATHONS:
ABOUT MULTIPLE MYELOMA:
• Oct. 1 - Bristol, NH
• Oct. 2 - Portland, ME
• Oct. 15 - Hartford, CT
• Oct. 30 - Washington, DC
• Nov. 6 - New York City Marathon
Don’s winter schedule includes Seattle, Delaware and a special race in San Diego. More information will follow.
- Twitter http://twitter.com/eRaceCancer
- Facebook www.facebook.com/eRaceCancer - Sponsors have agreed to make a donation to Team Continuum for each “like” the page gets.
- Don’s running blog http://minnesotadon.blogspot.com/
- Don’s myeloma blog http://myelomahope.blogspot.com//
ABOUT MULTIPLE MYELOMA:
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of cells in the bone marrow. Once a rare disease of the elderly, multiple myeloma is being diagnosed in growing numbers and in increasingly younger people. Each year approximately 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States. New treatments have extended remissions for many patients, measured in years, not months, with a good quality of life. For more information contact the International Myeloma Foundation. http://www.myeloma.org/
ABOUT TEAM CONTINUUM:
Team Continuum, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, is dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families minimize the disruptions, hardships and uncertainties of everyday life so that they can focus on crucial medical care. Team Continuum provides immediate and vital assistance - both practical and personal - such as paying household expenses, offering friendship and moral support, and funding health care facilities to enhance the delivery of care, communications and educational services. http://www.teamcontinuum.net/