Over the years, MYELOMA 200 – CLOSER TO A CURE (M200) has been one of the IMF’s most successful fundraisers. Every $200 given or raised by a participant yields one entry in the M200 Challenge drawing to win a fabulous vacation getaway for two. The lucky winner of the IMF’s recent M200 drawing for a trip to Costa Rica is Yelena Kotlyar. Yelena and her husband Vadim will enjoy 7 days and 6 nights at the beautiful Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. The prize package also includes airfare on American Airlines and a $400 Four Seasons Gift Card for spa services.
Vadim Kotlyar suffered for many years with persistent back and rib pain, colds and flu, and frequent nose bleeds before being diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM). As soon as her husband’s diagnosis was confirmed, Yelena started to learn all she could about MM and quickly found a myeloma specialist to manage Vadim’s medical care. After undergoing a transplant in the Summer of 2011, Vadim achieved a complete remission. "Our family is so fortunate and grateful," said Yelena. "And we are hoping for the best!"
"The M200 Challenge campaign was created with the goal of raising $200,000 for IMF Research, Education, Support, and Advocacy Programs," continued Yelena. "If the IMF reaches this goal, everyone wins. So we created a family webpage and were able to raise $1,900 with the support of friends and colleagues. Our M200 experience was rewarding all on its own, and winning the Grand Prize is a very unexpected bonus. I am sure we will enjoy and remember this for many years to come."