Name: Lisa Bedford
Age: 33
Hometown: Somerville, MA
Link: https://endurance.themmrf.org/2017Fuji/LisaBedford
 
For the past two and a half years I have worked in genetics at Takeda Oncology. We aim to identify new technologies in genetics to better understand and treat our patients. Through this role, I’ve had the opportunity to work in multiple myeloma research and have seen the amazing advances we have made as a research community. I’ve also had the chance to hear from patients and understand the remarkable advances they have made in their lives and their activism and engagement with research.
 
Important to my work, the patients and Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) have built and shared genetic databases to increase our understanding of the disease. By bringing everyone to the table, we are capable of making real change in the treatment of this disease. Our ability to collect and analyze genetic data has advanced rapidly in recent years and the MMRF is a model organization for how to fully reach the potential of this information.
 
I am hiking Mount Fuji to honor those who have made our research possible and to create more awareness for the MMRF. I heard of the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma program through a colleague who participated in the Grand Canyon hike and was motivated and inspired by the experience.
 
It is often hard in our jobs to remember the greater picture when we are so focused on a narrow research area. This program is an amazing chance to reach out and hear the journeys taken by so many, including patients, doctors, nurses and family members. I’ve never made a hike quite like this, so I will spend the spring and summer hiking as much as I can in the White Mountains in New Hampshie. Not quite 12,000 feet of elevation, but we have some challenging weather to practice in. I am looking forward to the training, and will use the stories of our patients to push me to the top!
 
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