Thursday, April 24, 2014
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Contributed photoSTAIR MASTER: Nate Poulin runs in last year’s Empire State Building Run-Up, the annual climb up the Empire State Building’s 1,576 steps. Poulin will be running it again Wednesday to raise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, after his father, Michael Poulin of Winslow, was diagnosed with the incurable cancer.
Contributed photoRUNNING TOGETHER: Michael Poulin, center, holds his granddaughter, Molly Magoun, next to his son and Molly’s uncle, Nate Poulin, at 2012’s Race for Myeloma 5K in Bangor. It was the first charity race that the Poulins ran. Nate, along with his sister and brother-in-law Katie and Andrew Magoun, would go on to raise more than $10,000 in 2013 for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Since its start in 1998, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation has raised more than $240 million to fund research for a cure for the deadly blood disease. The foundation is the largest private funder for myeloma research, directing more than 90 percent of its money toward research.
“We’re driving a lot of the search in expedited treatments for myeloma,” said Alicia O’Neill, the director of endurance events at MMRF.
To help support the cause, Andrew and Katie Magoun started a Maine group, ME Against Myeloma. All the money raised by the two through charity road races is funneled to MMRF.
“Sometimes, when people connect with us they do their own local outreach because they know if they can raise money, then we’re going to put it to work to keep their loved ones alive,” O’Neill said.
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Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans Kathy and Michael Poulin at their Winslow home recently. Michael was diagnosed with Myeloma, a rare blood disorder two years ago. Their son Nate will be climbing the stairs in the Empire State Building to raise money and awareness for the disease.