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!

Don running

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:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2013/01/09/human-factor-don-wright.cnn

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:

Don Wright Helped Save my Life

 

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:

Minnesota Don’s inspirational story goes national

 

Inspiration X Two: Don Wright and Elijah Alexander

 

Myeloma survivor, Don Wright, completes marathon in Alaska

 

Support Group Magic!

 

If all of this doesn’t inspire you, nothing will!  Keep on running, good friend.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat