Name: Alicia O’Neill
Age: 58
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA/Norwalk, CT
Link: https://endurance.themmrf.org/2017Fuji/ALICIAO
 
I work for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), and founded the MMRF Endurance Events Program in 2007. I’ve run 10 marathons, several of them side by side with myeloma patients, caregivers and myeloma medical professionals. I was not a hiker until we started the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program, beginning in 2016, with an 8-day hike up and down Mount Kilimanjaro.  In May 2016, we took on the Grand Canyon. Then, in August, we hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. WOW!
 
I have had the honor of taking part in three Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma treks and am so inspired to walk alongside patients, caregivers, family members, doctors and nurses — a microcosm of the myeloma community — as we take on these awesome climbs.
 
I'm so proud to be a part of this program, which is demonstrating that patients are not only living longer, but are able to take on incredible experiences that they never dreamed that they could do when they were newly diagnosed. I'm so honored to be a part of the action, alongside myeloma loved ones, that is making a huge difference in terms of awareness and funds raised. 
 
Let the adventure continue! Next up: Mount Fuji, a nod to our sponsor Takeda, whose headquarters is based in Tokyo with six patients, one myeloma doctor and 13 myeloma friends/family members.
 
Yes, we are indeed moving mountains, but those of you who have experienced a Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma climb know how much the mountains move us.
 
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