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My name is Steve Schecter. I am a husband and father of two young daughters. I am planning on running three endurance runs over the next year, starting with my first 5k this November, followed by a half marathon in May 2012, and finishing with the Marine Corps Marathon in October 2012. 

I've never been a runner. In fact, my mantra was "I don't run unless something is chasing me... and that's not too often". However, I read that less than 1% of the population finish a marathon. As I approach my 40th birthday, I figured that a marathon would be a great item for my "bucket list". I mean, it's a less expensive mid-life crises than buying a corvette, right?

As I train and prepare, I notice that a lot of people run for a cause.  I also notice that a lot of the same big name charities keep popping up. I want a cause that is not as well known, and that has touched my life in one way or another.

My aunt, who I am very close with, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma a while back. I had absolutely no idea what that was, so I took to the internet. I found that multiple myeloma is a very painful form of bone marrow cancer, is the second most common blood cancer, and represents 1% of all cancers and 2% of all cancer deaths. Multiple myeloma is the third fastest growing cancer in people ages 65 and under in terms of mortality. This year, approximately 16,570 Americans will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma and around 11,300 Americans will die of the disease. My aunt has been taking exceptional care of herself through exercise and diet. Luckily, she has stayed in the "smoldering stage" of this disease. However, I know that it's one of those things that is "Chasing" her and therefore chasing those who love her... including me. So, I will run.

I’ve agreed to fundraise between now and the end of the marathon in October 2012 for the International Myeloma Foundation, and I need your help. I am asking friends, family members and business associates to make a fully tax-deductible donation to help me meet my goal. 

Please help me in raising funds for myeloma research, by donating to the International Myeloma Foundation. Together, we can help wipe out this painful and deadly disease.

Thank you for your support,


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