April Cooper, of Irving, Texas, will cross Alaska through glaciers, deep valleys and climb challenging peaks to raise awareness and raise funds for multiple myeloma. April will be part of a 12-person team made up of multiple myeloma patients, caregivers, family members and doctors. This climb will take place August 16-21 and is a joint initiative of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and CURE Media Group.
Few years ago April Cooper had never heard of multiple myeloma. In the fall of 2015, her step mom, Brenda, slipped while cleaning the tub and hit her rib on the side of the tub. This injury never quite healed and she eventually went to the doctor. She eventually had rib injuries (among other things) and was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and thyroid cancer in January 2016. During the following year and eight months, we lived with this cancer as a family.
Cancer is not easy. The patient is enduring so much, and so is the family. Without training, families essentially become caregivers and nurses, learning all aspects of the disease and treatment.
April’s mother passed away in August 2017 and was only 52 years old. Almost immediately after her passing, April felt this desire to keep her memory alive and honor her by participating in events and challenges that stimulate multiple myeloma cancer research. Since August 2017, she has joined friends in 5K MMRFs, tower climbs, mountain climbs and now this Alaska trek, all while raising thousands of dollars for a cure. This will be her second challenge with Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma and she is thrilled to be a part of this team.
“The training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma. I saw my mother struggle to do the most basic things. Walking, getting up easily, holding a spoon, brushing his teeth, rolling over in bed … all the things that caused him a lot of pain and frustration. As she struggled, I remember her saying, “I used to be able to do this …” in such a downcast tone. It was heartbreaking to watch her suffer. I think about it when I wonder if I am up to this challenge. If she could do this, I can do it! ”Said April.
April is not an avid hiker, but being with a group that pushes her to continue hiking is an incredible feeling. MM4MM is so important to her because it gives her the chance to talk about my mother, to share her journey and her struggles. This event gives her hope that current and future patients will overcome this disease thanks to advances in cancer research.
“Multiple myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer. Each year, more than 30,000 people are diagnosed with multiple myeloma and approximately 12,000 are expected to die from it each year. I am proud to be part of ACTION which helps fund and fuel important research: Thanks to the important work of the MMRF and our partners, the FDA has approved ELEVEN new treatments in the time it usually takes for ONE new drug hits the market. There are more processing options in the pipeline. is so important because myeloma is a tricky disease that transforms over treatment, which means patients often need new treatment options when they relapse “
April looks forward to the fellowship, the stories, the connections and the magnificent views, but more than anything, she is thrilled to be brave like Brenda.
To help April’s cause with a donation, use the following link: https://give.themmrf.org/fundraiser/3006243