On the morning of March 23rd in the small town of Jodie, West Virginia, a group of 70 people came together to raise over $2,000 in donations towards funding the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

Amy Mclaughlin and her family put together “Brain’s Walk” for the Cure to not only celebrate the life of her brother Brian, but to also raise awareness about and help fund the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Since the MMRF’s founding in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a Multiple Myeloma patient, and her sister Karen Andrews; The organization has raised over $400 million for research and related programs.

“I ask that you get involved, in whatever way you can. We hope that our story will make a difference and help save lives…” said Amy Mclaughlin, Director of Brian’s Walk for the Cure. “For those that have been down this road or are currently fighting this battle; Stay strong and know that you are not alone. There are many people fighting with you and we will never give up…”

The Mclaughlin family have since decided to make a yearly tradition of “Brian’s Walk” for the Cure. Amy and her family plan to continue to put all of themselves into each and every future event, not only for Brian, but for the thousands of people around the world that are suffering from the cancer every year.

“As a family, we decided that Brian would have wanted us to be happy and celebrate his life…” – Amy Mclaughlin

Multiple Myeloma is a rare form of cancer that houses itself in certain blood cells inside the bone marrow, crowding out the healthy blood cells and creating abnormal proteins that cause health-related issues. Unlike other types of cancers, there is currently no cure for Multiple Myeloma and it is incredibly hard to diagnose. Presently, there are still very little treatment options available for the cancer.

If you would like to learn more, or have any questions about Brian’s Walk for the Cure and Brian’s story, please contact Amy Mclaughlin at: [email protected]

If you are interested in donating to help fund the MMRF, please visit:

Allison Walton

Allison Walton is a twenty-two year old Southern West Virginian making a living in downtown Charleston. When she’s not working or going to local events for work, she is spending her precious time reading books in bed, buying candles that smell like desserts, coaching her plants to slowly swallow her entire home, creating endless intricately planned Pinterest boards, and ultimately being a boss at her life.

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