In 2001, we lost our Grandma to a Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (MPN), a rare form of blood cancer that had no effective form of treatment at the time. Nearly five years ago, our mom had a blood draw showing her platelet count was over 4 times higher than normal, and she has since been diagnosed with a similar form of blood cancer.
Between 2001 and 2013, a lot has been learned about MPN's, largely in part due to the MPN Research Foundation, which is the only independent organization focused exclusively on MPN research.
Our grandma only had one option for treatment, which had the side effect of giving her Leukemia. Now, ten years later, my mom is being successfully treated. We owe a great deal to this foundation, and try to give back to them every way we can.
My brother and I, along with our awesome friends, will ride 40 miles for a cure. We will be riding in the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City on May 5-just in time for Mother's Day. We will also have a fun cheering section along the route, so please feel free to join! All proceeds benefit MPN Research Foundation, and will go directly to the organization when you donate through this page.
Spread the word. We made over $11,000 at our bowling event last year and hope to beat our record by race day! Hope to see you there! Also, don’t forget to check if your job has a matching program-many do!