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February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014

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February 28-March 1, 2014
Patient & Family Seminar
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Saturday, March 8, 2014
Regional Community Workshop
Portland, Oregon

Significant Bone Changes Found in MGUS Patients

A recent study by the Mayo Clinic found that patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) have significantly increased cortical bone porosity and reduced bone strength relative to matched controls. In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie considers what this means for the future of MGUS research and management. READ HERE


Myeloma Survivor Celebrates Life and the Comfort of Friends

Diagnosed with myeloma in 2001 at age 37 and given a poor prognosis, Jonathon Ryan will celebrate his survival this Sunday, February 9, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Cordova, Nebraska. "I never thought I'd live to see 40 and now I'm 50," he says. Throughout the challenging years of transplants, clinical trials and relapses, Jonathon, his wife Phyllis and their four daughters have enjoyed terrific community support. "We didn't do this alone—someone was always bringing a casserole to the kids. It's a wonderful story of faith, perseverance and commitment." Jonathon has helped raise cancer awareness through a variety of activities, including cycling, canoeing and running. But for sheer exhilaration, perhaps nothing tops his father-daughter skydiving adventure, a feat he captured on video and gave to his undoubtedly impressed oncologist. WATCH VIDEO HERE


Calling All Kentucky Residents to Make a Difference for Cancer Patients

This year the IMF Advocacy team is leading the charge to pass a bill making oral anticancer treatments affordable for patients in Kentucky. To heat up the campaign, the IMF and the Kentucky State Patients Equal Access Coalition will host a Lobby Day in Frankfort, Kentucky on Wednesday, February 19. Kentucky patients and caregivers can help make the difference for this legislation! For more information or to reserve your spot CLICK HERE to email Aimee Martin at the IMF today.


A No-Hassle Way to Donate Your Old Car and Support the IMF

Donating your old car is an easy way to help the IMF support research, education and patient advocacy. The IMF partners with an organization called V-DAC, which is dedicated to making vehicle donation an easy, responsible way for charities to supplement their fundraising. V-DAC has delivered millions of dollars to more than 4,500 non-profits, both national and local, across the country. LEARN MORE

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