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August 2003 Volume 5, Issue 7:
Dear Reader
By Susie Novis
President, IMF

Dear Reader,

August promises to be a very busy month for the IMF and the myeloma community. The 2nd Annual Myeloma Awareness Week will take place August 10th to August 17th. Several events are scheduled across the country during the week itself and during the days preceding and following this week.

On August 2nd, the IMF will honor Dr. Robert Kyle for a lifetime of service to the myeloma community. The IMF has established the Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize doctors for outstanding contributions to the field of myeloma. Dr. Kyle is founder of the myeloma and related diseases research group at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. I first heard the name Dr. Robert A. Kyle, fifteen years ago, when Brian Novis was searching for the best myeloma doctor possible. It would be hard to find someone else with more experience, knowledge, and expertise than Dr. Kyle. I could hardly have imagined that one day he would become the very good friend that he is today. Bob is a true gentleman, whose kindness and caring is felt by patients and colleagues alike. Bob was the first person that Dr. Brian Durie contacted when he and Brian Novis came up with the idea to start the IMF. And true to his nature, Bob jumped right into the project, and became a founding member of the IMF Board of Directors and Chairman of the IMF Scientific Advisory Board. Thirteen years later he maintains those positions - that's dedication. I look forward to continuing to work with Bob, who brings together doctors, researchers, nurses, and healthcare providers to help the myeloma community. It is an honor and a pleasure for the IMF to present him with the Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award. There is no one more deserving. The presentation will take place in Rochester, Minnesota, in the presence of family, friends, associates, and fellows.

Robert A. Kyle, M.D.

During the week of August 10th to August 17th, all over the country, people just like you will be mailing letters to their friends and relatives asking for their support of myeloma research and other important IMF programs which benefit the myeloma community. The Mail For The Cure campaign is already well on its way, with IMFer Terry Herman leading the way (please see page 9 for an interview with Terry).

On August 9th, the Charity Golf Outing at Stone Creek in Omaha, Nebraska, will feature two person teams and 27 holes including a 9 hole scramble, 9 hole alternating shot, and 9 hole individual ball. Proceeds from this event will go to support IMF programs.

On August 15th and 16th, the Atlanta IMF Patient & Family Interactive Seminar will take place at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. This two-day intensive seminar is designed to meet the changing needs of today's myeloma patients and their families, providing up-to-date practical and useful information presented by the top practitioners from around the country. The seminar will feature guest speaker Dr. Nancy Lee of the CDC.

On August 16th, the Mile High March for Myeloma will take place in Lake Arrowhead, California. The walk-a-thon is being organized by Lisa Doyle in honor of her father who has myeloma.

The Donate-A-Phone program is also being rolled out during Awareness Week. There is an estimated 30 million used cell phones lying around in America's homes, just waiting to be reprogrammed, refurbished, or recycled. IMFers will be setting up collection boxes around the country to help with this exciting new program. The funds raised will benefit local myeloma support groups as well as the myeloma community at large.

Susie Novis


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