Martina Rosen Team Johnson & Johnson

How did you get involved with the MMRF?

In 2019, I joined Team Johnson & Johnson (formerly Janssen Oncology) MMRF Road to Victories Team and participated in the Vermont to Quebec endurance event.

What do you want people to know about multiple myeloma? 

Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer, and there is no cure. Many of the current treatments are the direct result of recent research, successful clinical trials, and support from the MMRF.

Why is participating in the MMRF Road to Victories ride important to you?

Having the opportunity to increase awareness of Multiple Myeloma, raise money for research, and join Multiple Myeloma patients, caregivers, supporters, and friends on an epic endurance journey is heartwarming and rewarding on many levels.

What are you looking most forward to/excited about in regard to the ride?

The MMRF R2V team is family to me. I am looking forward to riding and catching up with everyone, and the excitement of riding in California Wine Country is going to be challenging and exciting.

What does your training regimen for this event look like?

Training is really gearing up (no pun intended)! Knowing we will be climbing approximately 15,300 feet over 6 days necessitates training and climbing hills. Currently, I ride hills on the weekend and do club rides on Tuesdays/Thursdays and weight training on Wednesdays/Fridays.

Describe any challenges you have needed to overcome to be able to participate in this event.

The fundraising is the biggest challenge—asking for donations when so many of my friends, family, and colleagues have donated in the past and have so many worthy causes to support.

Who/what inspires you?

I am riding for Andrew Gordon – dedicating my fundraising,  training and ride to Andrew this year.  I met Andrew 4 years ago on MMRF R2V Vermont – you would never know Andrew is a Multiple myeloma patient – he inspires me to train harder, ride harder and stay positive with every challenge that comes my way. 

Have you participated in previous MMRF events? If so, which/when?

The 2024 California Wine Country will be my fourth MMRF endurance event after 2019 in Vermont, 2022 in Maine, and 2023 in Columbia River Gorge.

Anything additional to add?

I am grateful that Johnson & Johnson sponsors this event such that 100% of the donations received go directly to research. I am honored and humbled to ride for Team Johnson & Johnson on the MMRF R2V Team. I ride for my colleagues, family, friends, and supporters who have Multiple Myeloma and other cancers that we support through donations and fundraising so that we can achieve the goal of a cure!

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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is the largest nonprofit in the world solely focused on accelerating a cure for each and every multiple myeloma patient. We drive the development and delivery of next-generation therapies, leverage data to identify optimal and more personalized treatment approaches, and empower myeloma patients and the broader community with information and resources to extend their lives. Central to our mission is our commitment to advancing health equity so that all myeloma patients can benefit from the scientific and clinical advances we pursue. Since our inception, the MMRF has committed over $500 million for research, opened nearly 100 clinical trials, and helped bring 15+ FDA-approved therapies to market, which have tripled the life expectancy of myeloma patients. To learn more, visit

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