I first became involved with the MMRF in the spring of 2002 shortly after I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. My amazing oncologist and friend Dr. Michael Bar suggested I contact Kathy Giusti since we seemed to have a lot in common, besides MM. I was a 46-year-old executive at IBM at the time working in business development and marketing, so we had similar professional backgrounds. In 2002, the MMRF was a very small team with big plans working out of a small office in New Canaan. My husband Ted and I met with Kathy and her team and were immediately impressed by their goals and wanted to help however we could. Ted helped with various fundraising research programs, and I got involved with various events—the Gala and the Walk/Runs. Kathy also referred me to a local MM support group facilitated by two gentlemen who also had MM. It was there that I found a home and so much support. After being active with the group for a few years, both men unfortunately passed away, and I was asked by them before they passed to keep the group going. Ken Makowka and his wife, Mary, and Ted and I took over the group and grew it over the years. Ken and Mary retired after a couple of years, so Ted and I have been facilitating it for more than 13 years. We are dedicated to fostering patient and caregiver education and helping patients understand their disease and how best to advocate for themselves. The pandemic has certainly been challenging, but we continue to meet via ZOOM every month. It has worked out well for us.
Over the years, I have met many inspiring people who have helped me grow as a person living with an incurable disease. I have made many very close friends who unfortunately did not have the good fortune I have had, but we have shared many special times together. I’ve seen the best and worst in people. My favorite saying is “we rise by lifting others.” I know that I am so much stronger because of the strength and love of those I’ve been surrounded by. I have an amazing family who have been with me every step of the way.
I am very honored to be chosen for this recognition.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Gerrianne Delaney as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2023 MMRF Team for Cures: Norwalk 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. Donate to Gerrianne Delaney’s “Ger’s Giants” 2023 Walk/Run fundraising page to accelerate a cure today!