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Cancer Patients, Families, and Supporters Gather for Annual "Miles for Myeloma"
In celebration of survivors, patients and supporters, The Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group (PMMNG) is holding the annual "Miles for Myeloma" 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 23, 2011.

Hundreds to participate and raise awareness around serious disease affecting almost 100,000 in the United States

NBC10's Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz to Emcee Opening Ceremony

Philadelphia, Pa.– April 8, 2011 – Years ago, a cancer diagnosis seemed like a death sentence for patients. But thanks to medical research and technological innovation, many patients can fight, survive, and live with cancer despite their diagnoses. In celebration of survivors, patients and supporters, The Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group (PMMNG) is holding the annual"Miles for Myeloma" 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, April 23, 2011. NBC 10's Chief Meteorologist, Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz will emcee the opening ceremony and will be joined by the Phillie Phanatic.

Event registration will start at 7:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, on the west side of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with the opening ceremonies starting at 8:30 a.m. prior to commencement at 9:00 a.m.

"Taking part in 'Miles for Myeloma' is a great way to pay tribute to all those who have been impacted by this type of cancer and to celebrate the gifts of life we all share," said Maddie Hunter, PMMNG co-leader. "We hope that this event will raise awareness of myeloma while providing funding for the most promising research initiatives and support for patients and their families."

The "Miles for Myeloma" 5k is a regional event presented by the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group and the Central New Jersey and Northern New Jersey Support Groups. Proceeds from the event will benefit the research and patient program initiatives of the
International Myeloma Foundation, The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Financial Assistance Program for Myeloma Patients. The family-friendly event will feature other activities including on-site radio sponsor, B101FM and mascot Buzzbee, a face painter and a balloon artist. All children who attend will receive a medal.

The PMMNG was founded in 1997 by Marilyn Alexander, a multiple myeloma survivor, and her twin sister Sharon Klein along with Phil and Barbara Falkowitz and a few other dedicated individuals. The group's mission is to be an ongoing resource for information, support, shared experiences, and hope for people living with multiple myeloma, their families and friends in Philadelphia and the Greater Delaware Valley Tri-State region.

Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer after lymphomas. It affects approximately 50,000 – 100,000 people in the United States with an estimated 20,000 new cases every year. Myeloma is not curable but is highly treatable and is twice as common in African Americans as in Caucasians.

Race day interviews can be arranged with individuals who have been impacted by multiple myeloma. For media interested in interviews or more information, contact Lisa Dunleavy at lisadunleavy@comcast.net.

For more information or to register the Miles for Myeloma 5K Walk/Run, visit: http://www.philadelphia.myeloma.org/Miles%20for%20Myeloma.html

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