Carolyne Hynes has big plans for spring break. On April 21, she is scheduled to run in the London Marathon as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Power team.
“I am proud to be a part of the MMRF Power Team and hope to bring awareness to multiple myeloma, the work of the MMRF, and raise funds for this extremely worthy cause,” Ms. Hynes said.
Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer. Although progress has been made in treating it, the five-year relative survival rate for those with multiple myeloma remains one of the lowest of all cancers.
“Most people diagnosed with multiple myeloma are given three years to live. Medication can help increase their lives to seven years,” Ms. Hynes said.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is a leading cancer-research foundation focused on innovative approaches to extend patients’ lives and accelerate finding cures.
Running the London Marathon satisfies Ms. Hynes on two levels. On the one hand it’s a testament to her commitment to fitness and training. On the other hand, it allows her to help others who are facing life and death situations.
Ms. Hynes is no stranger to life and death situations. She was eight weeks pregnant when she lost her husband, Thomas Edward Hynes, in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. As a result, she had to deal with both life and death at the same time.
She will be bringing her daughter, Olivia with her to London.
Ms. Hynes ran her first marathon in New York City, in 2011, also as part of the MMRF Power Team. Since then she has been keeping up her pace by running individually in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. and the Empire State Building Run Up in 2012.
To learn more about Ms. Hynes or to help sponsor her in the London Marathon, visit her fund-raising page at active.com/donate/2013mmrfLondon/CYHynes.