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Kristin Acquisto

Kristin Acquisto

It's that time of year again for us to show our support for our friend and colleague, Debbie Gude. Just like last year, we will be walking the Jenkinson's Boardwalk in order to raise awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Foundation. My contact from last year that set up the walk, reached out to me and asked if we would like to participate again. There was no doubt in my mind that our team would come together again to help fight the fight. We will be wearing our "Deb's Defenders" shirts and strolling the boardwalk together. We are asking for donations for MMRF, and hoping to bring all of Point Pleasant together to help our friend, Deb. This is only the beginning for us, we will continue to fight alongside Deb and her family, until she is in remission. She is a warrior, our sunshine at school!! We are so happy to have her back with us at Nellie Bennett!!

We are "DEB'S DEFENDERS!!" Won't you please help us in our goal? Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!! We really do appreciate any amount you can donate, no amount is too small.

On Sunday, April 14th, at 9:00 am, we will be participating in a walk that is being held on the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk. If you would like to join us, please meet in front of Martell’s Tiki Bar by 9:00 am. We will take a group picture and the walk will begin at 9:30 am. This is an event to raise critical funds for MMRF. We are committed to raising awareness and funds to accelerate finding a cure for multiple myeloma, which is the second most common blood cancer and is currently incurable. Your generosity truly makes a difference.

Funds raised through MMRF events have helped to:
• Triple patient survival
• Deliver ten new treatments in a decade
• Launch over 70 new clinical trials
• Create the largest genomic data set in any cancer today—leading the
effort to treat myeloma based on each patient’s genetic make-up

The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to find a cure for multiple myeloma by relentlessly pursuing innovation that accelerates the development of next-generation treatments to extend the lives of patients. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF is a world-recognized leader in cancer research. Together with its partners, the MMRF has created the only end-to-end solution in precision medicine and the single largest genomic dataset in all cancers. The MMRF continues to disrupt the industry today, as a pioneer and leader at the helm of new research efforts.

The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised almost $400 million and directs nearly 90% of it’s expenses to research and related programs. The MMRF has received Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for sixteen years.

While the MMRF has made enormous progress, they still have much to do and cannot continue to do great research without your support. Please join me to fight multiple myeloma, as your donation will have a meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of patients and their families!

Thank you!

The Staff at Nellie Bennett

Matching Gifts
Did you know you can double your impact in seconds? Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. Find out if your employer offers this benefit! Visit the MMRF Matching Gifts website ( or ask your Human Resources Department!


raised of $2,000 goal


1. Jennifer Weiss
2. John Witkowski
3. Rose McGuire
4. Sandra Witkowski
5. Tanya Scott
6. Laura Bedle

Team Deb's Defenders


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