Elizabeth (Betsy) O’Donnell
Elizabeth (Betsy) O’Donnell

Steps on a Mountain, Steps for Multiple Myeloma Research
Tuesday, January 24
Working in clinical research for multiple myeloma has been an extraordinary privilege. Over the past decade, we have witnessed a revolution in how we treat this disease. Each year, we have benefitted from new and better drug therapies. All of this progress has been made through clinical trials and translational research from solid basic science exploration into the biology of myeloma and preclinical studies to see how new drugs affect the disease.
 
The critical link for me in being a researcher is seeing patients in clinic. All doctors want the best for the patients and to be able to solve their problems. Though myeloma largely remains an incurable illness, being part of the research to better our therapies and find a cure is empowering and drives me to be the best doctor that I can be.
 
Research is not possible without funding and support. Having the opportunity to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is a fantastic way to raise awareness for our disease and support an organization that does so much good for our patients. The future of myeloma is extremely bright, but it will require teamwork, dedication, and a willingness to work hard and persevere against challenging obstacles.  Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro beside patients, family members, and other supporters truly exemplifies the spirit of teamwork and shared commitment that is needed to conquer this disease.
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