Following is a sample letter in support of a Multiple Myeloma Awareness stamp. Please personalize this letter with your own information and feelings about how and why a Multiple Myeloma Awareness stamp would benefit the country and send it to the Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee today!
Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Room 5670
Washington, D.C. 20260-2437
Dear Advisory Committee:
I/we respectfully submit for your consideration and approval, the proposal of a "Multiple Myeloma Awareness" postage stamp. As patients/caregivers/family/friends whose lives have been forever changed by the diagnosis of this little-known, incurable disease, we hope that this stamp could be given designation as a symbol for multiple myeloma awareness.
Multiple myeloma is a little-known, devastating and fatal cancer of the bone marrow that affects 75,000-100,000 people in the United States. With more than 14,000 new cases diagnosed each year, it is one of the fastest-growing cancers in the Western world. Myeloma attacks and destroys bone marrow, leaving bones so fragile, a simple sneeze might result in a fractured rib. Myeloma is more common than most individual forms of leukemia, representing one percent of all cancers and accounts for two percent of all cancer deaths.
Multiple myeloma is most common among people over 65-years-old. However, the prevalence within younger age groups is increasing and many patients are now under 45-years-old, with several patients diagnosed in their 30s and even 20s. African American men are at an increased risk for myeloma - diagnosed at nearly twice the normal rate. Overall, across all racial/ethnic groups, the incidence rates in men are approximately 50 percent higher than in women. At present, the reasons for this disparity are not known.
The average survival rate for myeloma patients is three-to-five years. Furthermore, the complex nature of myeloma frequently leaves patients vulnerable to a number of potentially life-threatening complications including reoccurring infections, renal failure, hypocalcemia, amyloidosis and excessive, uncontrollable pain.
Motivated by the extraordinary success of the breast cancer stamp, the existence of a "Multiple Myeloma Awareness" stamp would serve to promote the awareness of this deadly disease.
"You have multiple myeloma - a fatal cancer of the bone marrow" are devastating words that no person ever wants to hear. Yet each day, more and more families are handed this fate. Mine included. Please help promote the necessary advocacy for awareness and research that a "Multiple Myeloma Awareness" stamp would provide. Thank you for your consideration.