It’s that emotional time of year again, when we reflect back on the past year or bygone times, sometimes with tears for what we’ve lost, and sometimes with smiles for what we’ve achieved and for the sweet memories of people who have touched our lives. It’s also a time to look forward with hope and anticipation that the New Year will bring joy, peace and good health – it’s a clean slate and anything can happen!
This past year has been the IMF’s most successful year ever, and we didn’t do it alone. The IMF is made up of people of all races, from all walks of life and from diverse cultures. We are a kaleidoscope of humanity with a common bond – multiple myeloma – and a belief that one person can make a difference and two people can make a miracle.
The IMF is about education, support, research, and advocacy, and we’re very grateful to the thousands of people who each year selflessly help the IMF help others. To these invaluable individuals we extend a very heartfelt thank you:
To the extraordinary doctors and nurses who have donated their time and expertise as faculty at the IMF Patient & Family Seminars;
To the outstanding support groups and their leaders who, like the IMF, believe that no one should have to face this alone. Working selflessly, they truly make a difference in the lives of patients, families, and caregivers – I can’t imagine what any of us would do without them;
To the writers, editors, and proofreaders of the IMF’s many publications including Myeloma Today and Myeloma Minute. These publications empower patients, giving them vital information on research advances and the latest in the treatment and management of myeloma;
To all the people who participate in advocacy, writing letters, calling their legislators, going to Washington DC to make their collective voices heard – you do make a difference;
To researchers around the world who are working on breakthrough projects both in the lab and in the clinic, bringing us new therapies, ever closer to a cure. To all the doctors, researchers, statisticians, data managers, and lab technicians who have agreed to collaborate with the IMF and work together on Bank On A Cure – we will unlock the DNA door to a cure;
To all the remarkable people who help the IMF fund these projects, many of whom hold fundraising events in every size, shape, and theme imaginable. From walk-a-thons, to golf tournaments, to letter writing campaigns, to hair cutting and styling, to a Fiesta for a Cure, they have worked so hard and have produced amazing results – we literally couldn’t do it without you!
And finally to the IMF staff. I’m privileged to work with such a dedicated and talented team of people who send out over 1,000 information packages a month, who answer over 400 hotline calls and 200 emails a month, who organize seminars and events, who produce all of our written materials, and keep the web site humming with the most updated information available. They are dedicated, passionate, deeply caring people who never forget what it’s all about and who we all work for – you.
Thank you all and here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year.