We are sorry to learn of the passing of Geraldine Ferraro, friend of the IMF.
Geraldine Ferraro lived 12 years after she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Those 12 years - most of them active and productive, show how much progress has been made treating this disease with the novel therapies, especially Revlimid and Velcade. Her passing at age 75 shows us how much more work remains to be done.
Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman and first Italian-American to run on a major party national ticket, as Walter Mondale’s Vice Presidential running mate in 1984. The IMF honored her in 2002 at our annual Gala that was held that year in Washington, DC. In 2005 she participated in the official launch of Bank On A Cure® in New York giving us a DNA sample for our gene bank project that has resulted in several key findings published in leading journals.
Our condolences to the friends and family of Geraldine Ferraro.
Susie Novis, Brian Durie and the International Myeloma Foundation