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February 2001 Volume 4, Issue 3:
News & Notes - February 2001

Inspirational Lessons

IMFer Debbie Gisonni?s father, Tommy, was diagnosed with myeloma as she was coping with her mother?s diagnosis of a brain tumor. After suffering the loss of four family members in four years, she decided to leave a career and stock options behind to do something more meaningful with her life. What emerged out of Debbie?s journey was the book Vita?s Will: Real Life Lessons about Life, Death & Moving On. Debbie has designated the IMF and three other institutions to receive 10% of the proceeds from the book. Vita?s Will is available in stores or via the internet at www.vitaswill.com for $13.95.

March For Myeloma

March For Myeloma, a walk-a-thon, will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2001 at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT. To support this event, please contact Christine Cardillo at ChCardill@aol.com. [editor's note: This event has already taken place. You can read about it in Myeloma Today.]

2nd Annual JC Johnson Golf Tournament

The Wapicada Golf Course in St. Cloud, MN is the place to be on Saturday, May 19, 2001. Held in memory of Janet ?JC? Johnson, the 2nd Annual JC Johnson Golf Tournament is raising funds for myeloma research. Please contact Shelley Zins at shelley.zins@stcloud.k12.mn.us if you wish to paticipate.

Save the Date

The IMF will host its 2nd Annual Ribbon of Hope Gala on October 20, 2001 at the St. Regis Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, contact Suzanne Battaglia at (800) 452-CURE or sbattaglia@myeloma.org.

Living With Myeloma: Survivor Stories

Written by members of the Los Angeles Area Multiple Myeloma Support Group as a project of ?the Circle of Friends?, this new book contains the stories of 22 myeloma survivors and their journeys through diagnosis and treatment. Their stories are as varied as their symptoms and treatments ? but all are filled with hope and inspiration. Proceeds from Living With Myeloma: Survivor Stories benefit the IMF Brian D. Novis Research Grant Program to assist in the quest for a cure for myeloma. To order the book, please contact the IMF at (800) 452-2873 or use the order form on page 16.

Two Thumbs Up!

The IMF would like to send a special thank you to New Jersey 7th-grader Abigail Pleeter for her hard work and dedication to the myeloma community. Abigail is helping the IMF in honor of her grandfather and as part of her Bat Mitzvah project. Abigail is a girl on the go ? not only is she selling copies of Cooking For A Cure and ?Ribbon of Hope? pins, she's also taking pictures of herself and fellow students as part of the IMF's FACE-ing Cancer campaign, AND making a presentation to her science class about myeloma and the IMF. Says Abigail, ?I've had a great time doing this project. It makes me feel good working for a good cause. Even though it won't bring my grandfather back, I sincerely hope we can raise some awareness and some money for research to help prevent it from happening to others.? We couldn't agree more! Abigail's efforts are inspirational, and a reminder that you're never too young or too old to lend a hand and help make a difference. WAY TO GO, Abigail!

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