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Los Angeles, CA – August 14, 2003: The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) celebrates 13 years of continuing service and support to the multiple myeloma community with their annual Anniversary Gala Ribbon of Hope – Making a World of Difference.

Hosted in beautiful Seattle for the first time, this major annual fundraising event will take place on October 4, 2003 at the Experience Music Project (EMP) at the Seattle Center in Washington. Honoring local champions in the field of multiple myeloma research and advocacy, recipients include the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The announcement was made by Susie Novis, President of the Los Angeles-based IMF.

“We are honored to recognize the tremendous efforts made by local individuals and the Pacific Northwest medical community towards finding a cure for myeloma,” said Ms. Novis, “and we thank everyone involved for supporting the International Myeloma Foundation.”

Guests are invited to Rock the Night Away at a cocktail reception with great food, music and dancing, private tours of EMP’s Crossroads and Sound Lab, and fantastic live and silent auctions.

In addition to recognizing the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, receiving IMF’s Quality of Life Award for their singular commitment to finding a cure for this deadly cancer, the IMF is proud to honor the following heroes in the fight against multiple myeloma:

Richard D. Klausner, MD, Executive Director of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the evening’s Guest of Honor. Throughout Dr. Klausner’s distinguished career, he has dedicated himself to the fight against cancer and the advancement of innovative public health treatments, programs and initiatives. The International Myeloma Foundation salutes Dr. Klausner’s enduring leadership and vision.

The MM FIGHTERS! The IMF is pleased to present its Ribbon of Hope Award to this amazing organization, lead by Tom and Mary Blakney, for its passionate commitment and dedication in providing hope, support and knowledge to the myeloma community.

Seattle restaurateur John Schwartz, of Schwartz Brothers Restaurants, is the recipient of the IMF Courage Award. Throughout John’s battle with multiple myeloma, his personal initiative, dedication and generosity served as an inspiration to his community and the nation. This moving tribute will be accepted in John’s memory be his wife Stacy.

The IMF recently launched Bank On A Cure®, the first comprehensive myeloma-specific DNA data bank in history. Using a simple DNA sample, scientists can determine patient sensitivity to specific new and existing myeloma treatments and toxic side effects, providing a quantum leap in finding a cure for this deadly disease.

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