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International Myeloma Foundation Supports Senator Hutchison Initiative

Program Recognizes Geraldine Ferraro’s Contributions

(For Immediate Release - Washington, DC, March 24, 2004) – The announcement made today by the office of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) regarding funding for the Geraldine Ferraro Blood Cancer Education Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was met with tremendous support by the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), www.myeloma.org.

Speaking on behalf of more than 100,000 members worldwide in more than 120 countries, IMF President Susie Novis said, “We are inspired by the courage of Geraldine Ferraro in raising the awareness of multiple myeloma and the leadership of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to secure the financial resources needed for the education of all people fighting cancer.” Ms. Novis added, “The important potential of the Ferraro program is also underscored by the support of One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a 50-plus member cancer funding coalition, and the National Patient Advocate Foundation.”

“We believe this program will foster the creation of new partnerships and models of outreach. This will empower all blood cancer patients providing them with increased knowledge,” stated Dr. Brian G.M. Durie, Chairman of the Board of the IMF.

Annually in the United States, approximately 15,000 people are diagnosed with myeloma. In addition, nearly 11,500 patients will die from myeloma and its complications every year. For the past 15 years, the IMF has been the leading source of myeloma cancer education for patients and physicians throughout the world.

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to finding effective treatments and a cure for multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow. Founded in 1990, the IMF is governed by a Board of Directors and guided by a Scientific Advisory Board. With a positive and expansive outreach to more than 100,000 members in 120 countries worldwide, the IMF offers educational patient seminars, clinical conferences, scientific workshops, grant programs, patient and family support groups as well as cutting edge treatment research. (www.myeloma.org)

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