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February 27, 2014

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March Is Myeloma Awareness Month – and Why It Matters

Although multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer, many patients diagnosed with myeloma had never heard of the cancer before their diagnosis. To help raise awareness, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) in 2009 declared March "Myeloma Awareness Month." This year, we can all work together to create a greater awareness of myeloma. The result? Increased funding for research and educated patients, who know to ask whether their doctors have considered myeloma as a possible cause for their symptoms. Click HERE to learn all the ways YOU can raise myeloma awareness—from incorporating the IMF's special Twibbon (at right) on your social media pages to tuning in to our "Living Well with Myeloma" teleconference on March 13.



Live Stream of IMF Patient & Family Seminar Kicks Off Myeloma Awareness Month

On Saturday, Mar. 1, we're kicking off March Myeloma Awareness Month by live streaming our Patient & Family Seminar from Boca Raton, Florida! Watch top myeloma experts discuss and answer questions about clinical trials, new drugs, and what the future holds for myeloma patients. Panelists will include IMF Chairman and Co-Founder Brian G.M. Durie, MD; Ola Landgren, MD; Shaji Kumar, MD; Edward Stadtmauer, MD; Suzanne Lentzsch, MD; Ken Anderson, MD. Start time for the broadcast is 8:00 am ET/ 5:00 am PT — when IMF Co-Founder and President Susie Novis leads off the event—and continues until 2:30 pm ET / 11:30 am PT.




Myeloma Patient Runs Two Marathons to Bookend Myeloma Awareness Month

Marathon runner and myeloma patient Don Wright, 73, will be running in the 12th annual Little Rock, Arkansas Marathon on March 2nd to mark the start of Myeloma Awareness Month. Don began running marathons at the time he was diagnosed in 2003. The Little Rock marathon will be his 79th marathon since then. Don completed his 78th marathon in New Orleans in February and will cap Myeloma Awareness Month with his milestone 80th marathon in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on March 30th. Don is running this year to benefit the IMF's Black Swan Research Initiative®. READ MORE ABOUT DON WRIGHT HERE.


IMF Support Group Leader Profiled Following Tom Brokaw's Myeloma Announcement

Tom Brokaw's announcement of his multiple myeloma diagnosis has put myeloma in the spotlight recently. But myeloma has been on Linda Huguelet's radar since her own diagnosis in 2010. Linda, who leads a support group for myeloma patients and family members in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was interviewed by WRCB-TV as a follow-up to the Brokaw news about her treatments, as well as her wishes for Brokaw. "I hope he will bring more recognition to multiple myeloma," she said. WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE

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