Name: Paul Bassett
Age: 48
Hometown: Youngstown, OH

I’m climbing for the Moving Mountains for Multiple Myeloma Mount Fuji Team to raise awareness and to say “thank you” to everyone who supports the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), the research that we do and, ultimately, for the patients who have to wake up every day facing this incurable disease. It's a great opportunity to generate awareness about multiple myeloma and to highlight the tremendous effort being put forward by both the MMRF and by pharmaceutical companies like Takeda. Heading to Japan and hiking Mount Fuji is one of those bucket list items and it's also a way to honor my mom, who lost her battle to pancreatic cancer last year. The dates of this trip happen to coincide with her birthday. I can think of no better way to honor her than to be on the summit of this mountain watching the sunrise.

I’m a chemist and a nurse by training. In working with the MMRF, it has been an honor to be able to open new clinical trials and to be at the forefront of driving towards a cure for multiple myeloma. I have spent my career developing new medicines to help fight various diseases, including one of the drugs that my mother was given in her treatment; I wish that there was more that I could have done to help her. As many of you know, my work at the MMRF is directly involved with taking research dollars and putting them to work to accelerate cures for this difficult disease. I am so honored to walk alongside patients, health care providers and myeloma loved ones to “move the mountain” and help our mission.

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