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Nacogdoches family to hold 5K to raise awareness for Multiple Myeloma

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - John Thomas, of Nacogodoches, was a well loved man among his community.

"Dad was, he was just an awesome man. He was a very spiritual man and a very religious man. He just loved everybody, he never had an enemy," said his daughter, Milinda Monday.

When Thomas was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in February of 2013, it was no surprise that he spent his time in treatment and recovery trying to help other patients and making them feel better.

"He helped so many people at MD Anderson just by spreading the gospel and talking to people," said Thomas' daughter Lisa Mozingo. "He helped them through their journey and it helped them get through it."

Although Thomas went into remission later the same year, he caught double pneumonia and passed away in January of 2014. His daughters have now made it their mission to spread awareness about the disease and to raise money for a cure.

 "They have a cure for Multiple Myeloma, but they just don't have enough funding to produce the cure, so that's what we are striving for," Mozingo said.

The sisters have held multiple fundraisers to raise money for Myeloma in the community  but the 5K they're holding this weekend is the most special, because it was their father's idea.

"We talked about the 5K while he was still here," Mozingo said. "That was something that he wanted to do and so we're just doing it for him."

Even though their father did not survive Multiple Myeloma, the sister's are keeping Thomas's cause and spirit of helping others alive through their fundraising. Although he physically won't be able to attend the 5K in his honor, his daughters know their father will be there in spirit, cheering them on as they continue on his legacy.
"He's looking down at us and he's proud," Mozingo said.

The 5K will be held this Saturday, March 28th at Pecan Park in Nacogdoches at 9 a.m. Registration is still available at http://www.active.com/nacogdoches-tx/running/races/journey-to-a-cure-2015?int=72-3-A2.


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