I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December of 2010 and immediately began induction therapy. I had a stem cell transplant in July of 2011. While in the hospital post-transplant, my dad suggested that we find a myeloma walk, which led us to the MMRF. That was the beginning of “Team Tracy” and our connection to the MMRF.
I was 50 years old when I was diagnosed, and having an incurable cancer diagnosis set me apart from everyone I knew. It was important that I be around other people I could identify with, but at the same time feel the love from my team! We attended our first event in September of 2011, but I didn’t walk very far. By 2012, I completed the walk! I feel that Team Tracy and the MMRF 5k are all about connecting. The walk/run allows us to connect with our family and friends, along with other members of the myeloma community. From our first interaction, the MMRF community made me feel welcome and supported. Now I feel like a valued member of the MMRF team! We especially love competing with Andy’s Angels and dearly miss our beloved friend Andrea. Andrea was an amazing person and fighter. We participate every year because the MMRF counts on our support to continue the great work that they do to help all myeloma patients.
Receiving the Spirit of Hope Award is an acknowledgement of how important Team Tracy is to the MMRF and their mission. Our team members are impressed by the MMRF’s achievements and are happy to be part of this fantastic organization. I know they will all be proud to share this award.
Since my diagnosis, I have had several friends receive cancer diagnoses, and helping them through these terrible times has given me strength. Six years ago, I began exercising daily, and this has helped tremendously with my mood and attitude. The gratitude that I feel for my continued good health and the additional years with my family has made me a more thoughtful person.
One day at a time is the best way to manage anxiety. During the darkest times—maybe even get through the next hour. Also, lately I’ve been thinking—don’t sweat the small stuff. And of course—count your blessings!
A few of the Team Tracy members have been to every Walk/Run that we have participated in. That is a major achievement! Everyone who signed up for the event in 2022 came to Montrose Harbor even through a torrential downpour! Team Tracy is not just the members of our race day team, but includes everyone that donates. I am touched and always surprised by how many people care about me and want to help the MMRF reach their goal of a cure for MM. The MMRF has become important to all the Team Tracy supporters, and we are honored to receive this award.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Tracy Safron as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2023 MMRF Team for Cures: Chicago Walk/Run.
This award is presented at every Walk/Run to a patient, caregiver, or family who inspires hope through their resilience, perseverance, and dedication to the MMRF and its mission.