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August 2003 Volume 5, Issue 7:
News and Notes


Plans for this year's Ribbon of Hope Gala are coming along well, thanks to the hard work of our busy Dinner Co-Chairs, Teresa and Glen Perez. The evening promises to be a blast for all who attend. The IMF will present awards to former NCI Director Dr. Richard Klausner, the Seattle-based support group The MM Fighters!, Mrs. John Schwartz, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Our guests will enjoy touring EMP, a fantastic interactive museum of music history, as well as dancing, dining on great food, and dressing up in garb from their favorite decade of music. Many items have been donated to our Live and Silent Auctions, but we can always use more. If you have something you'd like to donate, or would like more information about the event, tickets, or sponsorships, please call Suzanne Battaglia at (800) 452-2873 or email her at sbattaglia@myeloma.org.

New Toll-Free Number for CLRC

Since 1997, the Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) has provided information and education to people with all types of cancer about their legal rights and the legal issues they face while battling their disease.  The CLRC also has access to a panel of volunteer attorneys and other professionals willing to assist people with cancer. The CLRC can be reached through its new toll-free number (866) THE-CLRC (843-2572).

Fashions 4 A Cure

The fifth annual "Fashions 4 A Cure" fundraiser was held on April 6th at the Fox Valley Country Club in Lancaster, New York. Once again, the event was organized by Ashley Barit in honor of her mother Jerra, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1998.

This year's event featured a children's fashion show, a bridal fashions show, and fabulous auction items. The featured item was a diamond and solitaire ring generously donated by Los Angeles jewelers Adler and Co., long-time supporters of the IMF and myeloma research.

Ashley Barit with model Elena Pezzino

As always, guests and models enjoyed the afternoon to its fullest. This year "Fashions 4 A Cure" raised over $23,000 to support myeloma research, bringing the total raised to over $68,000! Our heartfelt thanks to the Barit family and to all who supported this event.

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