It shouldn't be a surprise that my mom taught me a lot of what I know. From Latin plant names to feminism, I owe her a big debt. She modeled being a woman who would follow her interests and not let society or other people tell her what she should be doing. She was one of the first women to work in the Alcoa aluminum smelter, and after that drove a school bus, earned her teaching degree, and finally opened her own business in landscape design. In short, she's a bad-ass.
Last year, my mom was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood/plasma cancer. We are super lucky that multiple myeloma can be active or smoldering (inactive), and hers is currently smoldering (oh science, way to go on that name).
So, since I'm a runner, and now have an unfortunate connection, I wanted to seize this opportunity to raise some dollars to kick cancer's ass. The Defeat Myeloma 5K is happening June 24th at Magnuson Park, and is a fundraiser for Fred Hutch, sending all the money raised to myeloma research.
From the Mayo Clinic: Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.