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Music Against Myeloma
Music, cheese, cupcakes, and an intimate venue in the heart of Manhattan!

Slava and friends at the
Music Against Myeloma event

These were the key ingredients for "Music Against Myeloma," a charity event to raise awareness and funds for multiple myeloma research in tribute to my father, Mark Rubin, who passed away from this disease in 1993. On April 5, 2006, nearly one hundred Rubin family members and friends gathered at Serena Bar in Chelsea. Together, we were able to raise nearly $10,000 for the International Myeloma Foundation.

The event was made successful by the help of many, included music by Lost in October (led by Matt Ostrower), and Josh Walker accompanied by Samantha Leigh. Cheese from Artisanal Premium Cheese Center and cupcakes from Sugar Sweet Sunshine highlighted the epicurean delights for the evening. "I am not sure why I don't have cupcakes and beer more often!" said one anonymous patron. Specially designed socks with a "Cancer Sucks" slogan were made available care of Cecilia Rubin.

In between the performers' sets, the crowd heard from Michael Katz, IMF Vice President and member of the IMF's Executive Board, who spoke about the importance of grass roots fundraising efforts and the amazing strides that myeloma research has made since 1993. My mother, Dr. Emma Rubin, and I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who participated in this unforgettable evening and stepped forward to make a difference.

Slava with his mother, Dr. Emma Rubin

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