Alumnus climbs mountains for myeloma awareness
In 2009 I was "downsized" from a 15-year career as an analytical chemist for Pfizer. I loved my job and was fortunate enough to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry and most importantly, to bring several drugs to market. I made the decision to subject myself to a career change and in May 2010, I entered into the KSU Accelerated BSN program. After graduating in a "flash" and passing the board exam, my first job was as a clinical research nurse in oncology. I loved it and actually was honored to dose patients with the very drugs I had helped develop a few years prior. The other nurses would roll their eyes when I would share stories with each patient!
From there I made my way to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), a non-profit that works with both pharma companies and 25 research hospitals across the US and Canada. Again, I have been fortunate enough to expand my impact on the world of cancer by leading teams that have opened many clinical trials and enrolled over 1,000 patients! One initiative our company created is called Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma. This program puts teams of doctors, researchers, nurses, patients, and loved ones together to raise awareness and much needed funding for new research programs. This program has been underwritten by a generous grant from a pharma company so that each of these trips is 100% paid for for each team member. In return, 100% of the funds raised goes directly back into research programs here at the MMRF. To date we have lead teams up Kilimanjaro, the Grand Canyon, and Machu Picchu. In July 2017 I will be heading to Japan to climb Mt. Fuji with 19 other team mates, six of which are patients! In just over a year there have been six trips and collectively, almost 1.25 million has been raised!