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Miles For Myeloma the Aloha Kakou Walk-A-Thon

I would like to thank you for visiting our web site and taking the time to read our story.  All donations made through this site will go directly to The International Myeloma Foundation.  All the donations will be credited to our account and we will be notified of your contribution.   

Dave's journey started back in December 2003 when he went with Jessica and Jennifer, our twin daughters, to play open gym basketball at the local high school.  Dave went up for a rebound and when he landed he went straight to the floor and could not get up.  Gary, the local chiropractor, just happened to be there playing basketball too.  He tried to help Dave get up but couldn't. They managed to get him over on the side lines and tried to work with him to get him up.  The ambulance was called for him because they knew something had happened.  I was at home on the internet and the neighbor came over and told me that Dave was at the   and couldn't get up off the floor. When I got there he was already at the local hospital.  They had taken x-rays and told him that it must have been muscular. They gave him something for the pain and sent him home.  We ended back up at the emergency room at least 2 or 3 more times.  He was admitted and complications started to worsen, there was something wrong.  He was sent by ambulance to a bigger hospital where they found a mass on his vertebrae.  The other hospital was only one or two vertebrae too high to see this.  He underwent an eight hour surgery and we found out later that the mass was a plasmacytoma and it was cancer. The mass had eaten away the whole vertebrae.  He then was referred to the University of Michigan where he underwent numerous testing, blood work, chemotherapy, radiation, and visits to the doctor.  He has had two stem cell transplants, one of his own cells and one from his sister.  Sue, his only sibling, was only a 25% chance of being a match.  I remember the morning we got the results back and how happy we were to find out she was a match.  He has had a rough, long journey.  Much too long to document the whole thing on this page.  But the miracle that we celebrate everyday is knowing that he has been in remission for three years and we are praying for many many more years of being cancer free!  We thank our Lord and Savior for the gift he has given us! 


Miles For Myeloma the Aloha Kakou Walk-A-Thon

  We are having a Walk-A-Thon on August 13th.  This is our first ever and we want to raise at least $5,000.00!  We can do this with your help!  There will be food, prizes,door prizes, activities, and a whole lot of Hawaiian fun!   Registration will be at 8:00am at the Skinner field behind the Morley park in Cedar Springs and the walk will begin at 9:00 rain or shine.  We will finish the walk with a Memorial Balloon release in memory or honor of loved ones at 3:00pm.   We encourage all walkers to get as many pledges or donations as possible.  The first 50 people to bring $100 in pledges will get a free T-shirt with our logo and other freebies!  Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. My phone number is 989-352-6526 or you can call Sue Norton at 616-443-6468. Can't wait to see you there!  Thank you!  ~Cyndi~





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