CDC Recognizes Excellence of Current IMF Programs, Funds Expansion of Existing Programs
The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), the country's oldest and largest myeloma organization, has been awarded a grant of $1.5 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Working closely with the CDC, the IMF will utilize these funds to expand and distribute their current programs, including their flagship Patient and Family Seminars, Myeloma Today newsletter, clinical conferences for physicians, toll-free hotline and other educational materials and services that myeloma patients around the world have come to rely upon
"The IMF is deeply appreciative to have our programs recognized by the CDC in this manner. We strive every day to have a profound, positive impact on myeloma patients' lives. All of our resources are directed toward one goal: to improve the quality of life for myeloma patients while working toward prevention and cure. This grant is going to enable us to reach an even greater number of myeloma patients with the information and services they so urgently need," said Susie Novis, IMF President.
The IMF has received the grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of the "National Organization Strategies to Provide Information and Education for Patients, their Family Members, Friends, and Care Givers with Respect to Hematological Cancers." This program was funded by congress as part of the Geraldine Ferraro Blood Cancer Education Program. These funds, allocated over the next three years, will enable the IMF to expand and focus their current programs in areas that fiscal limitations prevented them from previously doing.
The IMF's advocacy efforts were instrumental in securing funding for this program, along with the efforts of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a coalition of more than 40 advocacy organizations supporting federal funding for cancer research and prevention programs. Funding was secured in last year's congressional appropriations process through the work of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, and Education.