Billy McHugh and Multiple Mylenoma

In 2008, Bill McHugh was diagnosed with a form of cancer called Multiple Myeloma. In 2018, after a five year full remission, he relapsed and has been on a mix of chemo and immuno therapy which has been working very well.

Billy has been a Lion since 1994, is a member of the Lions’ Hall of Fame, the founder of the Lion Kings, and even during his years in Hong Kong with the Hong Kong Football Club’s Selects, has remained an active member of the Lion’s community. The video below shares a bit of his story, and was shot just as he had reached three years of remission:

Bill was given was given 3-5 years max when diagnosed and it’s now been 11. The charity, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), is the reason he is still here today. And we need your help.

The Endurance Run – October 5th, 2019

On October 5th, The Journey Run – a 12 hour endurance run – will take place on Randall’s Island as a fundraiser for the MMRF. The Lion Kings are putting in two teams: Lion Kings and Lion Kings Too. They are seeking donations to reach their goals and they are looking for runners as well.

Led by fellow Lions’ Hall of Famers Mike Bainbridge, Kieran Holohan, Ken Murphy and Andrew Gonzalez, a team of old boys including Bert Oberlander, Terry Buechner, Jamie Rice and Pat O’Keefe will be taking part in the 12 hour relay as part of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Team For Cures.

The work ahead of each of them? Run as many 4-mile laps around Randall’s Island Park as possible raising funds for the MMRF. Last year, the teams stole the show raising roughly $40,000! Training for this event is a big challenge, but nothing compared to the challenges faced by patients with multiple myeloma.

Please take this opportunity to give back and support this game-changing cancer organization by helping to fund the Lion Kings participation in the Journey Endurance Run/Relay benefiting the MMRF. You can give to either:

Lion Kings

Lion Kings Too

Please contribute whatever you can. It all adds up!

We also need a few more members. This is a team event, you run your four miles and then get a long break to watch the bands or do whatever! Last year we stole the show with a tie for most average miles per team member and we won ALL OF THE FUND RAISING AWARDS!

Anyone interested in joining please reach out to Bill McHugh, Mike Bainbridge, Pat O’Keefe or Terry Buechner.

If you’re interested in putting together another team we can do that as well. Bill would love to see teams from our Men’s and Women’s team join.

About Multiple Mylenoma and the MMRF
Multiple Myeloma is the second most common form of blood cancer and, sadly, has one of the lowest five-year relative survival rates of all cancers. But while there is no cure, great progress is being made. In fact, thanks to the important work of the MMRF, the world’s leading private funder of myeloma research, the FDA has approved ELEVEN new treatments in the time that it usually takes for ONE new drug to come to market. These drugs have almost tripled the lifespan of myeloma patients. And now the MMRF is funding over 20 additional treatments in various stages of development, giving hope to tens of thousands of patients and their families.

The MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world. An outstanding 90% of the total MMRF budget goes directly towards research and related programming. And the MMRF is in the top 1% of all charities, having earned Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for the past eleven years in a row.


Photo: Lion Kings at The Endurance Run 2018 (Standing, L-R) Bert Oberlander, Jamie Rice, Kieran Holohan, Terry Beuchner, Ken Murphy, Steve Weinstein; (Kneeling, L-R) Mike Bainbridge, Bill McHugh, Andy Gonzalez, Pat O’Keefe.