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February 2003 Volume 5, Issue 5:

This issue of Myeloma Today is sponsored in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals.

Los Angeles P & F Interactive Seminar

"Excellent. What a terrific seminar. This was my second and, though my memory can't recall every detail of the 2002 seminar, this entire day was packed with informative material delivered in a factual yet often fun style. It was understandable to those of us who aren't savvy to real "doctor speak."

"The new video-type slide presentations were easy to read. The Concensor buttons made me feel I was a greater participant in the seminar. It was important to me to see how others shared their personal MM experiences as well as their responses to questions "quizzing" us on the previous presentation.

"Congratulations to all of you who worked so hard to make this a tremendous learning day. The buffet lunch was also terrific and I met some great people at the luncheon table."

Dick Friend, California

Myeloma Today

"Thank you for another inspiring issue of Myeloma Today. Though I don't understand the medical terminology, it is so reassuring to read about new research developments and read yet another "survivor" story and see Susie looking "young and vibrant" as she has for the 11 years since I first met her. We sat in her living room with one volunteer and a dachshund and she told me about myeloma, just 6 months after my new husband had been diagnosed. We cried and she gave me hope and courage and I have been gaining information and hope and referrals all over the world as we have continued my husband's career and treatment. And, as we have travelled, I have continued my career as private therapist to other "ex-pats" and an American international charity worker in Ireland, Turkey, Holland and now, the UK. IMF is also international and has been with me in every country. You have given me support and inspiration whereever I am. So, I am including you in my book on international volunteers —"Training Volunteers For the New Millennium: An International Connection." It will be printed this spring. I have been consulting to UK charity organizations to share our knowledge and unique approach to volunteering and fundraising. Each issue of MT is full of great ideas... Thanks for being there."

Barbara Kavanagh, England

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