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Meet Walk/Run Team “Tim’s Street Rodders” who participate in memory of Tim Poll, MMRF 2023 Walk/Run: Scottsdale Spirit of Hope Honoree

Tim Poll MMRF Spirit of Hope

How did you get involved with the MMRF?      

My brother Tim, his wife Melody, and their family of three kids had been involved with the MMRF since he was first diagnosed in 2009. They participated in MMRF events in the Dallas, TX area, and the rest of our family supported their activities from afar. After Tim passed away on February 11, 2022, I felt we had to do everything we could to help those with this disease and their families and to continue Tim’s fight in his honor.

Why did you choose to participate in the MMRF Walk/Run?

There are so many reasons that compelled our entire team to participate. First and foremost, the walk/run is a fantastic way to raise funds for continued research while bringing awareness of multiple myeloma to those who aren’t that familiar with the disease. Personally, it means so much to me that our team comes together to honor Tim, keep his memory alive, and find personal connections with the other participants.

The Spirit of Hope is given to “individuals/groups who inspire hope and show extraordinary commitment to the MMRF.” What does being given the award mean to you?

This is truly incredible to be recognized for our work in Tim’s name. I actually thought to myself, “Have we done enough!?” The answer is, of course, a resounding no. We won’t stop fighting for all the people who are battling multiple myeloma and their families who support them.

How have you found perseverance in light of obstacles? Please share any stories that have given you strength.

The past year since Tim passed has been tough, to be perfectly honest. What has given us strength is asking ourselves, “What would Timmy do?” The answer is always to joke and laugh, repeat his favorite movie lines, and to have margaritas or beer, chips and queso, and/or pizza (all of the above please!). It brings a smile just writing this.

Do you have a favorite mantra, quote, lyric that gives you strength?

There are so many favorites, and they are all lines from Tim’s favorite movies or things he said all the time, such as “that’s what she said” and lines from Airplane, Hollywood Knights, Christmas Vacation, Blazing Saddles, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, just to name a few, because there are so many. Tim was a positive person with a contagious laugh. As cliche as it sounds, “laughter is the best medicine” is how Tim approached life.

Anything to add?

We are so excited to have our family together for the MMRF Walk/Run and truly appreciate the important research you do to find a cure for multiple myeloma.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Tim’s Street Rodders as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2023 MMRF Team for Cures: Scottsdale 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 “Tim’s Street Rodders” 2023 Walk/Run fundraising page to accelerate a cure today!