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The funds will be used to offset the medical costs and related expenses not covered by insurence.

Dear Family and Friends,

Let me introduce myself to those of you who may not know who I am. My name is Mia Cranford, and I am Tina Veves' first cousin living in Grasonville, Maryland. I wanted to touch base with many of you on a couple of things regarding Tina and Art.

As you know this past fall Art Veves was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Multiple myeloma (also called Kahler disease or plasma cell myeloma) is a type of cancer that begins in the blood's plasma cells. Multiple myeloma causes an excess of abnormal plasma cells (myeloma cells), which form tumors in multiple locations throughout the bone marrow. These tumors begin to overcrowd the bone marrow and prevent normal reproduction of healthy blood cells.

Tina and Art have a long road ahead of them that has been made even tougher since his recent battle with bilateral pneumonia. Three and a half weeks in the hospital, most of it in Intensive Care and then all of the chemotherapy and radiation plus the upcoming bone marrow transplant can really put a lot of financial stress on a family.

I know that I have been racking my brain to think of something that I could do to help. I wanted to do something that could take some of the burden off of them. I am sure many of you are feeling the same way.

Art and Tina are two people that always give of themselves to others. They are the first to stand in the gap when others need help. They take care of our soldiers and their families through many different organizations and anyone else who may be in need. Now it is our turn to help them out just as they would do for anyone of us.

On April 28th I am going to run the Ocean City Half Marathon. Art’s niece Andrea and his sister- in- law Theano are going to join me in the race. We encourage anyone else who would like to participate in running or walking this race for Art to go to and sign up to run with us.

We are raising money to help defray the cost of Art’s medical expenses and would ask that if you can, to please make a donation on a secure website that we have set up.
The web address is: . We look forward to your donation and if you are able to run and or walk with us we would love for you to join us, for this was always a passion of his - running and before diagnosis, power walking.

Please feel free to forward this to others who may want to help by donating. Between their sons Adam who is in the San Diego area, and Steve up in Vermont, and many relatives and friends throughout we should be able to connect with many across the US.

Any amount is greatly appreciated! We are all in this together to help Tina and Artie get through this, and to know they are not alone.

Mia Cranford

P.S. If you plan to run with us please email me@ and let me know. We would love to meet up with you and share the day as a team.
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