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Roger Neilson Editorial

Dear Editor:

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) applauds the Los Angeles Times for its continued coverage of Roger Neilson and his ongoing battle with multiple myeloma, a fatal bone marrow cancer that affects close to 100,000 people in the United States. With more than 14,000 new cases being diagnosed each year, myeloma is one of the deadliest and fastest-growing types of cancer in the Western world.

While NHL fans nationwide have an obvious vested interest in following Neilson’s battle against myeloma, we feel that the Los Angeles Times is in a unique position to not only provide status updates on his condition, but also to help educate the public-at-large on this devastating disease that accounts for close to 15,000 deaths annually. As such, we encourage the paper to consider expanding its coverage of Roger Neilson to include an in-depth look at multiple myeloma: its causes, key risk groups, treatments, breakthrough developments and what’s being done in an attempt to conquer this growing public health threat. Knowledge is power. The more the public knows about myeloma, the greater our chances of one day eliminating it.

The International Myeloma Foundation has a ten-year history of supporting the research, education, advocacy and treatment of multiple myeloma. Headquartered in Los Angeles with a branch office in Philadelphia, we exist to provide patients, their families and the medical community with the information and resources they need to make educated treatment decisions. Contact us by calling (818) 487-7455 or via our toll-free hotline at (800) 452-CURE. We also can be found on the Internet at www.myeloma.org.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Neilson and the thousands of patients currently battling multiple myeloma.


Susie Novis, President
International Myeloma Foundation
12650 Riverside Drive, Ste. 206
North Hollywood, CA 91607
(818) 487-7455

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