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October 2000 Volume 4, Issue 1:
News & Notes - October 2000
Medicare Will Cover Autologous Stem Cell Transplants for Multiple Myeloma 
Effective October 1, 2000 Medicare patients with multiple myeloma will no longer have to come up with private funding to pay for an autologous stem cell transplant. Medicare will begin paying for autologous stem cell transplants for patients with multiple myeloma effective October 1, 2000, provided they meet specific criteria. The new guidelines will allow patients under age 78 who have Durie-Salmon stage II or stage III multiple myeloma to undergo an autologous stem cell transplant, provided they are newly diagnosed or have responded to prior therapy, and have adequate cardiac, renal, pulmonary and hepatic function. The new guidelines will not affect multiple myeloma patients who sought coverage of an autologous stem cell transplant before October 1, 2000. If you wish to view the full text of this decision, please access the Medicare website at www.hcfa.gov/quality/8b3-c.htm  

Cooking For A Cure 
It's time to place your orders for copies of Cooking For A Cure, the new IMF Cookbook. IMFer Marilyn Alexander took the initiative to lead this exciting and flavorful fundraising project, collecting favorite recipes from IMF members around the world. Now the first volume is on its way to kitchens worldwide. The proceeds from the sale of the cookbook will benefit the IMF. Cooking For A Cure is available for $12 per book plus $2 shipping. To order, call the IMF at (800) 452-CURE, then get your apron on and get cooking! 

Ribbon of Hope 
The IMF is pleased to introduce the 2nd Edition of the Ribbon of Hope to the multiple myeloma community. The myeloma ribbon was created to help raise awareness of the disease and as a means to show support for patients and family members coping with myeloma. The Ribbon of Hope made its debut a year ago at the VIIth International Myeloma Workshop in Stokholm, Sweden. Since then, the Ribbon of Hope campaign has raised over $20,000 to support research and education for myeloma patients.

The Ribbon of Hope's popularity is steadily growing. Members have found their own creative ways to help promote the campaign in support of the IMF. For example, IMFer Perry Stancato Sr. displays information about the campaign in his restaurant. In addition, his entire staff wears ribbons and informs inquiring customers about myeloma. In turn, some of the customers have become supporters of the IMF. Other IMFers are incorporating the ribbons in their fundraising efforts.

The Ribbon of Hope lets people know you care and calls attention to the need for action to find a cure. To obtain your Ribbon of Hope, simply provide a tax-deductible donation to the IMF in support of the Ribbon of Hope campaign or contact Romi Brozeit at the IMF at (800) 452-2873 or rbrozeit@myeloma.org for further information or assistance.

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