I’m Jim Hall, age 70, from Richmond, Va. living with my wife Cindy. We have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. I am a Myeloma patient who was diagnosed in August 2014, a stem cell transplant in 2015 & remission for 4 years. My oncologist just confirmed my relapse about 5 weeks ago. I am now back on chemotherapy.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation has been a big part of my life for the past 3 years. There are three pillars that help me hold things together – faith, family, friends. After the cancer diagnosis I can add a fourth – live every day to the fullest with a positive attitude. MMRF is very instrumental in helping me with the last 2 pillars – friends and living life to the fullest.
Three years ago, I was introduced to the MMRF with the Road to Victories Ride for a Cure Across the US. I only rode from LA to Sante Fe but it was a blast on many levels. I met many new friends at MMRF, Janssen, the riders, etc. & I was able to raise money to help find a cure. The MMRF brought it all together with cycling, my passion. The best part is I get to do it again this year with R2V Vermont to Quebec.
I am so looking forward to this year’s ride. I know what to expect and will be better prepared. I have ridden 4 centuries in the past 6 weeks and one more this week. The best part will be seeing old friends from the past ride and meeting new friends. This will be a ton of fun but all of the work from the MMRF, Janssen, the riders, the contributors, the supporters, etc. is for one purpose – to find a cure. This is what I am praying for.