This year again it is an honor and a pleasure to be involved in the MMRF (Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation) Co-Ed Softball Tournament taking place tomorrow all day at Stonington High School Softball Field in Stonington CT.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was founded in 1998 by twin Sisters Kathy Giusti and Karen Andrews after Kathy, a former pharmaceutical Executive and Harvard Business School graduate, was diagnosed with multiple Myeloma. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure.
Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer. The five year relative survival rate for multiple myeloma is approximately 38 percent, one of the lowest of all cancers. By working closely with researchers, clinicians and partners in the biotech and Pharmaceutical industry, the MMRF helped accelerate the development of four new treatments that are extending the lives of multiple myeloma patients and are being explored as treatments for more than 30 other cancers.
I want to thank Shawn Williams for his work on this annual tournament in honor of local residents Brenda Coombs and the late Maria Besso Mayhew. This is a great event to raise money for research and a tribute to these individuals.