Mike Grant and Carmen Phaneuf of Little Silver are about to embark on the ride of their lives. The married couple is participating in a cross country cycling event starting on September 2, 2017 that will begin in Manhattan Beach, CA and cover the 3,400 miles to Fairfield, CT. They are dedicating the 50 days of their lives, and the months of training that preceded them, to raise awareness and money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and in hopes of finding a cure for Carmen’s cancer.
Diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM) fifteen years ago, Carmen lives with this type of blood cancer where malignant plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow, crowding out the normal plasma cells that help fight infections. These malignant plasma cells then produce abnormal proteins which may cause tumors, damage the kidneys, and impair immune system function. But instead of succumbing to the fears and challenges the disease offers, Carmen has adopted a Carpe Diem strategy.