Let’s Leave Cancer in the Dust
When Kathy Elsey was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer, she and her husband Dr. Bruce Elsey, co-founders of Dr. Elsey’s Products, knew they had a unique position to combine corporate success with a philanthropic cause: a commitment to cure cancer. By establishing the Dr. Elsey’s Fund to Cure Cancer to support the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), their generous support of nearly $9 million since 2009 has rapidly accelerated the development of new treatments for patients and driven the MMRF closer than ever towards finding a cure.
The Elsey family along with more than 500,000 supporters they inspire to match their contributions have generated nearly $17 million towards finding a cure for myeloma at such a pivotal time in research.
"The MMRF is an exemplary organization dedicated to finding new treatments and ultimately a cure for multiple myeloma, a disease I have. It is truly worthy of support by all myeloma patients, their friends and families. If all myeloma patients contributed to myeloma research, maybe we'd have a cure by now. Until that time comes, I will continue to make my own contributions for both myself and for those who do not. While any time of the year is a good time to contribute, this is an especially good time to give, with very generous donors Bruce and Kathy Elsey matching contributions up to $1 million total. For all I know, the dollar I give may be the dollar that saves my life."
Dr. George Leader
Myeloma Patient and MMRF Supporter
Dr. Elsey's Fund to Cure Cancer Match Campaign (2015 stats)
- The match campaign generated $1,055,831 in individual gifts, succeeding in surpassing the targeted match ($1 million) from the Elseys' generous gift
- MMRF Team for Cures, 5K Walk/Run raised over $2 million to accelerate a cure
- MMRF Team for Cures, Endurance Events raised over $3 million from marathons to traithlons
- Year-end giving increased from 2014 by more than $250,000