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Myeloma Minute
March 13, 2014

March 13, 2014

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Your Story Can Make a Difference in Someone's Life During Myeloma Awareness Month

Have you or someone you love been touched by multiple myeloma? You can help the IMF give hope to people across the country and around the world by sharing your story during the month of March, which the IMF declared as Myeloma Awareness Month in 2009. Real-life stories may encourage people to go for the screening they'd been putting off and can provide hope and support to people who may be going through a difficult time. Visit our special Myeloma Awareness Month web pages to read moving accounts by myeloma patients and to share your story. Whether it's a lesson you've learned or a piece of advice, we all have inspirational stories to tell. Yours can make a difference in someone's life. CLICK HERE TO SHARE YOUR MYELOMA STORY



IMF's Michael Katz Honored by ASCO as an "Extraordinary Patient Advocate"

IMF Executive Board member Michael S. Katz is the recipient of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2014 Partners in Progress Award. The award recognizes Mike's "exceptional achievements, outstanding work, and dedication" as a myeloma advocate. The Partners in Progress Award honors the accomplishments of an extraordinary patient advocate whose work has impacted public awareness or resulted in additional support for cancer research, treatment, prevention, or care. "Working with the IMF and others to help patients and caregivers and to advance myeloma research is an important and an incredibly rewarding part of my life. I am grateful to the community and to ASCO for this very special honor," said Mike. He will be presented with the award at a ceremony on June 2, 2014 during ASCO's 50th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The IMF congratulates Mike on this prestigious recognition! READ MORE HERE




Maine Passes Oral Anticancer Medication Law

The International Myeloma Foundation and the State Patients Equal Access Coalition (SPEAC) applaud Maine lawmakers for their hard work in passing legislation that requires private insurance companies to charge patients taking oral anticancer medications the same out-of-pocket cost as those receiving intravenous and infused therapies. Maine is the 28th state (along with the District of Columbia) to pass this important legislation. We are pleased that many more cancer patients in Maine will have affordable access to the most effective treatment to treat their disease and look forward to adding more states to the list in 2014. For additional information on all 28 states, please CLICK HERE or visit the SPEAC website at speac.myeloma.org.


The Myeloma Post App Is Now Available for Android Devices

The IMF's mobile application was designed to regularly update anyone interested in myeloma with the latest news and information from the IMF website. The Myeloma Post was first released for iOS in 2012, but is now available for Android devices as well. Designed to share updates on educational programs, quality-of-life support resources, advocacy activities, and stories from patient and caregiver blogs and communities, the Myeloma Post is free of charge and updated regularly (often daily). READ MORE ABOUT THE MYELOMA POST APP HERE.

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