Q: I’d love to come! Where and when?

A: Defeat Multiple Myeloma will be held in Magnuson Park on the morning of June 25th 2017.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: The event is free for patients and survivors of multiple myeloma!  Children under 10 are only $10. Adults can register for $30.00 before May 31st, $35.00 between June 1st and June 22nd, and $40.00 race weekend. 

Q: I am not a runner, can I still come? 

A: Absolutely! We have several options for you. If you like to walk you can walk the 1 mile event or you may walk the 5K route, we have no time limit. If you just want to come to support the race you can volunteer or you can just come hang out and enjoy Magnuson Park and cheer on our participants. Survivors and current patients will be treated to a special tent with breakfast and coffee. 

Q: Can I bring my dog? 

A: We love our furry friends. Yes, we just ask that you line up in the back of the starting area and have your dog on a short leash to avoid tripping hazards.

Q: Are strollers allowed?

A: Of course! Again, we just ask that you line up in the back of the starting area.

Q: Is this a timed race?

A: We will have a clock at the finish line if you are interested in your time but this race is a non-competitive, un-timed race.  

Q: Where do I park? 

A: There will be numerous signs within Magnuson Park and plenty of lots to choose from. The best way to find the best parking is to enter the park on 65th Ave NE and go down the hill. At the stop sign there is a huge parking lot. After you have parked, walk north and you will find the race start area. 

Q: Where do I sign up?

A: You can register for the race here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/defeat-myeloma-5k-registration-31497743599

Q: How do I donate?

A: You can donate here: https://www.crowdrise.com/DefeatMyeloma

Q: How do I create my own race team?

A: First, Head to DefeatMyeloma.org and click the orange ‘Register Now’ button which redirects you to the  Eventbrite page for our race. Then click the green ‘register’ button.  Select the ‘Team’ option. Then click the blue ‘Create Team’ link and follow the prompts.

Q: How do I join a race team?

A: First, get the name of the team you want to join.  Next head to DefeatMyeloma.org and click the orange ‘Register Now’ button which redirects you to the Eventbrite page for our race. Then click the green ‘register’ button.  Select the ‘Team’ option.  Enter the name of the team you want to join and proceed through registration following the prompts as normal.


Q: I’m new to the area.  Is there a team I can join?

A: Any of the race committee members would love to have you on their team.  Just search for any of the following team names when registering: LiveStrong, All In, Mmore Cowbell


Q: I can’t attend.  Can I still get a T-Shirt?

A: Absolutely! If you’re not into running or just can't join us in person, simply choose the ‘Sleep in for a Cure’ option when registering.  We will send you a race shirt and all you have to do is sleep!

Q: I’m having trouble raising money.  What do I do?

A: Speak with friends and family in person, send an email with links, and post on social media.  For more help you can check out our fundraising packet here

Q: I am rocking the fundraising, are there any prizes? 

A: Great job, keep it up! We have some sweet prizes for you such as a stainless steel water bottle for raising $250, a travel blanket if you raise $500. If you are up to $1,000 we will let you help name the 2017 Defeat Myeloma Grant and if you are a $2000 fundraiser you get to attend our very special check presentation, get a tour of the myeloma labs and get to kill a myeloma cell! 

Q: Do you need volunteers?

A: Absolutely!  Anyone who is interested in getting involved can sign up on our volunteer page here: http://signup.com/go/Bj6p2P

Q: I’ve registered but I don’t want to stand in line on race day.  Can I pick up my race packet early?

A: Definitely!  You can pick up your race packet from Super Jock and Jill located at: 7210 East Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle, WA 98115 on June 24th between 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

Q: Why direct the race proceeds to Fred Hutch? 

A: We want our donors and volunteers to know with perfect confidence that their donations and time will be going to directly support multiple myeloma research.  The work being done at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is on the cutting edge.  To date, Fred Hutch has been instrumental in our effort to keep the event alive through this time of transition.  We look forward to working with them as we continue our fight against this horrible disease.    


Q: What is Multiple Myeloma?

A: Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells found in bone marrow.  The disease occurs when the body makes too many abnormal plasma cells called, myeloma’s.  Plasma cells are created when a type of lymphocyte called a B-cell responds to an infection.  Normal plasma cells help the immune system fight disease by making antibodies (immunoglobulins) which attack and kill germs.

When plasma cells become cancerous and grow out of control, they can produce a tumor called a plasmacytoma.  These tumors generally develop in bone, but can also be found in other tissues.  If someone has more than one plasmacytoma, they have multiple myeloma.[1]

Q: What are the symptoms of multiple myeloma?

A: Patients with multiple myeloma present with a number symptoms including low blood counts, bone and calcium problems, frequent infections, and kidney problems.  Bone pain, anemia, fatigue and more frequent infections are all traits of multiple myeloma.


Q: What treatments exist for multiple myeloma?

A: Chemotherapy, stem cell transplant, and targeted radiation therapy are the most common.  However, the funds raised by events like Defeat Multiple Myeloma are supporting research into new treatments like immunotherapy using targeted T-Cells. 

Q: No one I know has multiple myeloma, why should I care about this disease?

A: Despite the crippling nature of the symptoms and the fact that multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer, there is poor awareness, relatively little funding, and few truly effective treatments.  However, in the past decade, research into multiple myeloma has progressed rapidly.  The incredible advancements make us optimistic that a cure is within reach.  Defeat Multiple Myeloma’s mission is to support promising, early-stage, myeloma research aimed at finding a cure.  However, we need the help of people like you to make that happen.

Q: Where can I find more information about Multiple Myeloma? 

A: The Fred Hutch website is a great resource for further information about Multiple Myeloma and many other diseases. https://www.fredhutch.org/en/diseases/multiple-myeloma.html

[1] https://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiple-myeloma/about/what-is-multiple-myeloma.html

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