Name: Patti Bivona
Age: 56
Hometown: Boulder, CO
I was diagnosed with smoldering myeloma several years ago. I have been a runner for many years, doing 10K and half marathon events. After my diagnosis, I ran in an event where there was a fundraising team for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). I was interested in what they were doing and spoke with one of the members who told me about the endurance events through MMRF. I signed up for one of the half marathons for fundraising and have been following what they do for a while. When I saw the Mount Fuji trip was added, it just spoke to something in me, and I knew I wanted to be a  part of it.
Having smoldering myeloma, I am luckier than most patients. I currently have no symptoms impacting my day-to-day life, but I also know that this can change rapidly. I no longer take "someday" for granted. Helping to find a cure and treatments are so important to my future. Anything I can do to help, I will.
I live in Colorado, and mountain hiking is very accessible. However, I am so thrilled to be doing something as iconic as Mount Fuji. I've never been up an active volcano, and the steepness will certainly challenge me. It is great to have this as a motivation as well as experience the Japanese culture.
I am utterly thrilled to be a part of this team!
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