Our marathon running hero, Don Wright, is back in the news again. While I was in Atlanta at ASH, I learned that Don had just finished running a marathon in Hawaii, completing his goal of running marathons in all 50 states. WOW!
The most impressive part of Don’s accomplishment: He ran all of these marathons after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma eight years ago.
CNN has been following Don’s progress. Here’s a link to their latest feature about Don; a comprehensive look back on his running and the challenges of living with multiple myeloma:
Don was one of the first myeloma patients to start taking pomalidomide (POMALYST) following the drugs revival five years ago. I use the term, “revival,” because Celgene first started developing pom more than a decade ago.
He continues to use pom today–and its still working for him.
Don’s running accomplishments are indeed newsworthy. But recently I shared how Don had helped and inspire me–not by completing marathons but by being there when I needed help most after I was first diagnosed back in 2007.
Here’s a link to a blog post I wrote for the IMF about my relationship with Don at ASH this past December:
I have written a lot about Don over the years. Here are a few more links if you would like to become a fan like I am:
If all of this doesn’t inspire you, nothing will! Keep on running, good friend.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat