Walk for Myeloma Cure 

Joy Hollowell

It’s one of the top 10 leading causes of cancer death.But chances are, you’ve never heard of it.Joy Hollowell introduces us to two local women battling Multiple Myeloma, and tell us about their mission to find a cure.==========”When you tell people you have Multiple Myeloma, 99% have never heard of it.”Irene Bartlett never had, until she was diagnosed with the disease in 1994. “I just went to the doctor because I did not feel well and somehow they did the right blood test,” says Irene.Multiple Myeloma is a rare type of blood cancer that attacks plasma cells. Doctors don’t know what causes it, or how to cure it.”I was a 41-year old woman that looked like she had osteoporosis. So your bones all throughout your body look like they have holes in them. So you can get fractures.”Becky Reeve says she and Irene are both the exception when it comes to this type of cancer. Typically, it affects elderly men. “The life expectancy statistics that you look at, are not good at all. And my doctor had said, don’t look at those, we’re going to do everything we can. And that’s what I’ve done, tried to do everything I can,” says Becky.That includes organizing a race. Becky and Irene are co-chairs of this year’s annual Multiple Myeloma 5K Walk and Run in Bangor. It’s the third year for the event and all the money raised will go toward research.”I had thought that I probably would not live to see my grandchildren grow up. But I have, at least most of them are all grown up, and now, I’m looking forward to seeing them graduate from high school and college,” says Irene.Joy Hollowell, WABI TV 5 News, Bangor.===================The Multiple Myeloma 5K Walk/Run takes place on Saturday, September 26th.Registration begins at 9AM and the walk/run starts at 10AM.They’re also selling raffle tickets for a number of gift certificates.The individual entry fee is $15 for those over the age of 5, and that includes a free t-shirt.For more information, you can contact Becky Reeve at 356-0425.