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March 24, 2016
March 24, 2016
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From Cuba to Seattle to Parrots: A Busy Week in Science News!

In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie takes readers on a fast tour of the latest cancer research news: Might a lung cancer vaccine from Cuba help treat myeloma? Is CART-cell therapy a “cancer moonshot”? And can parrots—who are apparently Einsteins at sorting out combinations and sequences—shed light on questions beyond which fat seed is most delicious? Plus, a round-up of the week’s top research papers. To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.



Have questions about the newest treatments for myeloma? Find answers in today's free "Living Well with Myeloma" teleconference


Tune in today as Dr. Brian Durie, Dr. Rafat Abonour, and Dr. Vincent Kumar tackle the issues that are most important to you in 2016, including guidance about the many options available for treatment of relapsed/refractory disease.  They’ll be answering questions from patients, so don’t miss this opportunity to dial in.  The IMF’s “Living Well with Myeloma” teleconference begins today at 4 PM PT /7 PM ET. To access dial-in instructions, conference ID#, and a link to slides, click HERE.


Make Your Action Matter with the IMF's $31 Challenge, and your donation will be matched!


This Myeloma ACTION Month, make your action matter by taking the $31 Challenge. By giving just one dollar (or more) for each day during March, your gift will be matched with a gift of equal value to support the IMF’s groundbreaking research project: the Black Swan Research Initiative®. Help us reach our goal of 1,000 people to donate $31. Then spread the word throughout social media with the Tweet, “I made #myactionmatter today by donating to the International Myeloma Foundation’s Myeloma ACTION Month Challenge.” To DONATE today, click HERE.



The IMF Advocacy Team Launches New Facebook Pages


The IMF Advocacy Team has launched a new Facebook page and is debuting pages for the coalitions, PEAC and SPEAC. On these pages, you will be updated on the latest legislation and policies the IMF Advocacy team is tracking.  You’ll also receive updates on the fight to finish getting oral parity passed in the remaing states and at the federal levels. To access the IMF Advocacy page, click HERE. Give it a LIKE and spread the word. Also connect to PEAC HERE and to SPEAC HERE.


IMF Board Member and Patient Advocate Extraordinaire Michael S. Katz Honored as a "Hero"


IMF Board Member Jason Katz accepted an honor bestowed on his late father, Mike Katz, on Friday by Cure magazine. The “Multiple Myeloma Hero” award recognized Mike’s outstanding work with researchers to change treatment and with patients to improve the quality of their lives. “I wish my hero was here tonight to accept this award,” Jason said. “He lived for his family and he lived for patients. It was a patient at a seminar that gave him hope, and he needed to pay that back. I think doing that gave him some extra duration to his life, so I’m especially grateful that this came from a patient. That’s what really matters.”


3rd Annual Kubik Memorial Golf Tournament Tees Off


Myeloma patient Mike Kubik passed away three years ago, but Mike’s friends have not stopped their battle to cure this disease. In honor of his memory, Mike’s friends are hosting the 3rd Annual Kubik Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Rockwell Golf & Athletic Club in Rockwall, Texas. The cost is $85 per player, which includes golf, cart, range, meal, and a contribution to the International Myleoma Foundation. A fajita buffet and an awards banquet will follow the tournament. To register, contact Dwight Royall at 469-286-9874 or droyall@sbcglobal.net. To donate to this campaign, click HERE.

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