Welcome to Defeat Multiple Myeloma, a family-friendly virtual run/walk supporting Fred Hutch's myeloma research at Fred Hutch.
Due to Coronavirus pandemic, 2021 will once again be a virtual event, We encourage participants on race day, June 27, 2021, to get outside wearing their Defeat Myeloma race shirt or bib and share a photo of themselves on our social media using #defeatmyeloma. Participants will recieve a race day email with a fun "race kick off" video, a brief educational video from a myeloma researcher, and other inspirational videos and photos.
As a relatively rare disease, myeloma can feel isolating. Although not face-to-face, we hope to facilitate a feeling of community and support by sharing and connecting on social media throughout race day. Additionally 100% of all funds raised - including your registration costs - will directly support myeloma research at Fred Hutch.
Defeat Myeloma has donated over $800,000 dollars to myeloma research at Fred Hutch. We are seeing progress in the research we are supporting and are excited for what’s to come.
Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer, and there is currently no cure. Defeat Multiple Myeloma was created to change this statistic.
Defeat Multiple Myeloma’s mission is to raise awareness of multiple myeloma while supporting research that seeks to discover new treatments, improve the quality of life for multiple myeloma patients, and ultimately find a cure for this devastating form of cancer.
Defeat Multiple Myeloma began as MoveMMORE Seattle in 2013. The race was presented by Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research and Education (MMORE), a 501(c)(3) that was founded in Ohio by the parents of a young woman who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at the age of 22. Fortunately, their daughter, Sarah, is in remission and happily living in Seattle with her husband and two children. MMORE closed its doors at the end of 2016, passing the torch to larger organizations. With the help of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Multiple Myeloma Cure Seeker’s Society, and our amazing group of dedicated volunteers, we’ve been given the opportunity to keep this wonderful event going.
In 2017, this event transitioned to Defeat Multiple Myeloma Run/Walk, with 100% of funds raised supporting multiple myeloma research at Fred Hutch. Our 2019 event was a huge success with more than 600 participants. In 2020, despite a pandemic and a quick pivot to a virtual event, Defeat Myeloma 2020 set a new fundraising record, donating over $126,000 to advance life-sustaining research! We can’t wait for Defeat Myeloma 2021 and hope you will join us! We know that with the help of the amazing Seattle community, we will see a day when there is a cure for multiple myeloma. Until then, we are committed to fundraising for a cure!
Thanks to our event sponsors 100% of all funds raised—including registration costs—will directly support multiple myeloma research at Fred Hutch.