About three years ago, Mire who was an active runner and triathlete for 20 years began to feel tired all the time and had strange pains in her legs that worsened over time, and then her tongue started to enlarge. She saw 30 different doctors before finally being diagnosed with amyloidosis and multiple myeloma, a cancer often associated with amyloidosis. According to the National Institutes of Health, amyloidosis is "a disorder in which insoluble protein fibers are deposited in tissues and organs, impairing their function." It's a rare disease only about eight cases per million people are diagnosed each year. Its cause is unknown, and its treatment including chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation is expensive.
Mire has worked for AISD for 10 years, but AISD insurance refused to pay for the stem cell transplant. Although her disability insurance has now been activated and apparently will cover the procedure, Mire has yet to receive approval to begin treatment. Her friends decided to help raise money to pay for the expenses not covered by insurance. In considering the best way to raise money, the group of friends all runners and triathletes who have trained and raced with Mire for years decided to stick with what they knew how to do best: put on a race.
Marion Burch-Cimbala, race director for the Danskin Women's Triathlon (a race Mire directed for three years), offered the triathlon course, and Danskin, RunTex, and other local businesses agreed to cover all the race expenses. Organizers are hoping that hundreds of people will participate in the 5K run and 2K fun run/walk, which start at 8am. To register, and for more info, see www.elinormire.org.
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