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June 2000 Volume 3, Issue 9:
News & Notes - June 2000

“Fashions 4 A Cure” is Back in Style

The Second Annual “Fashions 4 A Cure” event returned to the runway for another successful turn. The show featured junior, adult and bridal fashions. This year, the event raised close to $10,000 to support multiple myeloma research. Once again, Ashley Barit took the reigns and organized the show which honored her mother, Jerra Barit. Ashley, a freshman at Canisius College in New York, plans to continue coordinating “Fashions 4 A Cure” on an annual basis.

Florida Yard Sale Raises $2,300

Debbie Fusco and her family held the Second Annual Yard Sale in honor of her mother Judy Sunderbruch. The Ocala, Florida event raised over $2,300 for multiple myeloma research. Debbie’s children ran a lemonade and cookie stand decorated with “Thank you for helping my Nana!” signs.

Sharon Newman Fund Raises $57,000

IMF Fundraising Committee Chairman, Chuck Newman and his wife Sharon raised over $57,000 through a letter writing campaign to friends and colleagues. This was the first letter writing campaign the Newmans conducted. The funds will go to help support multiple myeloma research. The Newmans have tirelessly supported the IMF programs through the years - from manning IMF booths at conferences to providing leadership with fundraising for the IMF.

Community Relations

The IMF is pleased to welcome a new member to our team. Stephanie Colman has joined the IMF as Director of Community Relations & Public Affairs.

Stephanie was a Senior Account Executive at Ruder Finn Public Relations where she played an integral role within a variety of areas including non-profit, consumer, health care and business-to-business. She developed and implemented a strategic plan for the IMF designed to raise myeloma awareness. Her work on behalf of the IMF Patient & Family Seminar in Atlanta in 1999 was rewarded with a Prism Award from the Public Relations Society of America.

In her new role with the IMF, Stephanie will focus on building and strengthening relationships with various communities and third party organizations. She will also continue to support media outreach efforts to raise public awareness of multiple myeloma.

If you have an idea you’d like to share with Stephanie, please contact her by mail or phone at the IMF, or via E-mail at: scolman@myeloma.org

Deadline for IMF Cookbook Approaches

The IMF Cookbook, coordinated by IMFer Marilyn Alexander, is scheduled for production in mid-September in order to be available for the holiday season. Proceeds from the cookbook will benefit the IMF. The deadline for submitting your favorite recipes is September 1, 2000.
[Webmaster's note: Cooking For A Cure is no longer available. The second edition, Recipes for Research, was published in 2007 and is available for purchase online or by calling the IMF at 800-452-CURE (818-487-7455 outside the US and Canada)

IMF Japan Update by Aki Horinouchi

Our biggest news for this issue of Myeloma Today is the upcoming Tokyo IMF Patient & Family Seminar. This seminar, to be held in November, will be the fourth IMF seminar in Japan since 1997. And, with the cooperation of both the IMF and the "Japanese Myeloma Study Group", it will also be the biggest. On the first day, a joint panel of American and Japanese doctors will hold a medical symposium on myeloma, followed by several presentations. On the second day, the seminar will continue with lectures from three prominent US doctors, followed by break-out sessions.

Number of IMF (Japan) members: 288. IMF Japan Home Page: www.myeloma.gr.jp E-mail: owner-imfjapan@iiijnet.or.jp

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