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November 13, 2014
November 13, 2014
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IMF's 8th Annual Comedy Celebration: Big Laughs, Big Success


Laughter rocked the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 8th, when guests and stars gathered in support of the IMF’s 8th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative®. Comedians and actors including host Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Danny DeVito, and Lesley Nicol, among many others, presented a special version of “Celebrity Autobiography,” performing hilarious readings of segments of stars’ autobiographies. The night also brought excitement for auction winners who left with items including luxury vacations, signed sports memorabilia, and even a teddy bear handcrafted and donated by a myeloma patient. The performers had the audience in stitches and the event raised funds for critical myeloma research – we’d call that a big success! CLICK HERE to see photos from the Comedy Celebration.


Transplant at Relapse: Is It Valuable?

IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie co-chaired a workshop hosted by the IMF, the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, and the National Marrow Donor Program on October 27th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More than two dozen myeloma and transplant experts from the US and Europe gathered to assess the current landscape for “salvage” transplant, or transplant at the time of myeloma relapse. The workshop kicked off a collaborative effort to develop new International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) guidelines for autologous stem cell transplants at relapse. READ MORE in Dr. Durie’s blog.


Willette Foundation Presents IMF with Significant Donation in Support of Black Swan Research Initiative®


The IMF is thrilled to announce the receipt of a generous contribution in support of our signature research project, the Black Swan Research Initiative. At Saturday’s Comedy Celebration, Kristi Willette donated $75,000 to the IMF in the name of her late husband, Chick C. Willette.

“We are dedicated in our desire to assist your work in the discovery of a cure for multiple myeloma,” said Kristi Willette, who heads the Willette Charitable Foundation. The IMF is deeply grateful for the financial support from individuals like Kristi, along with IMF board member John O’Dwyer and his wife Dorothy O’Dwyer, as well significant industry sponsorship from Onyx Pharmaceuticals, The Binding Site, and others.

“Not only do these donations provide vital support for our global investigative team’s research,” said Dr. Brian Durie, IMF Chairman and leader of the Black Swan Research team, “they also tell us that we’re on the right track, and that our ideas about how best to chart a path to a cure for myeloma ring true.”


IMF's 'Veterans Against Myeloma' Website Filled with News and Resources


This week especially, the IMF thanks all veterans for their service. Our Veterans Against Myeloma (VAM) website provides a wealth of myeloma-related information for veterans, including links to relevant Veterans Administration information, such as state veterans assistance offices and national veterans service organizations. VAM email alerts notify interested readers about breaking news and articles of interest. Visit the site at veterans.myeloma.org.


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