By Peter S Horsfield | Submitted On February 14, 2013
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Expert Author Peter S Horsfield
It is difficult for someone who is going through a tough time to help someone else who is in need. Most often, he would think to himself, "How am I going to help that person if I'm suffering myself?" Amazingly, there are some people who think very differently from most of us. People like Kathy Giusti, who did not stay at the side lines and watch the world pass by as she sulked down from her disease, have made a great impact in the lives of many.
Kathy Giusti is the founder of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, a charitable organization that is devoted to helping patients suffering from multiple myeloma a currently-incurable blood cancer that threatens over fifty thousand people in the United States alone every year.
She started the foundation with her twin sister after she was diagnosed with the disease and found that there was no research at that time to combat the disease. From its inception, the MMRF has raised over two hundred million dollars and is currently the largest funder in the field of myeloma research.
And yes, while Kathy is occupied in serving others through her charitable foundation, she is combating the disease herself. For over twelve years now, Kathy has been juggling with her life as a philanthropist, a business manager, but most of all, as a wife to her husband and as a mother to her two children.
What is amazing about this is that in spite of her disease, she seems to have never even had it by the way that she works. In fact, she spends most of her time visiting various hospitals and clinics, talking to patients and giving them encouragement that they can make it, and talking to various medical specialists about ways to improve the research to treat multiple myeloma.
Two things can be said regarding Kathy's attitude that makes her very extraordinary: "persistent" and "positive". Most of us, if placed in her situation, would easily be discouraged and let ourselves be taken over by despair and depression - but not Kathy.
It was inconvenient, but she saw the sickness as a challenge for her to do something great not just for herself, but for others as well. And in spite of the great fog of uncertainty that clouded her future, she bravely travelled through the rough and turbulent streams of life, firmly believing that at some point, she was going to see the silver lining and make it through.
And she did. Not just because of her attitude and outlook in life, but also because of her leadership and marketing skills. Kathy has a remarkable way of connecting to people and making friends that she is able to get your attention and listen to her. Because of this, she made so many connections that proved to be very helpful in her time of need. In fact, one of the major reasons why the MMRF has been so successful all these years is because of Kathy's expertise in business and marketing.
Kathy's life is a very inspiring story to many of us who may be going through some tough situations in life and we start thinking that life is over. It's like God telling us to always move forward, believe and hope that things will always get better. Like Kathy, may we be able to say one day, that after we have passed through our trials that our test has become a testimony.
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