North Hollywood, CA – January 25, 2010 - The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)—supporting research and providing education, advocacy and support for myeloma patients, families, researchers and physicians—today announced the appointment of Amy Weiss to its Board of Directors. Ms. Weiss is a talent manager and Executive Vice President in charge of Business Affairs at Brillstein Entertainment Partners in Los Angeles. She has previously been associated with the IMF as co-chair of the 2009 Annual Comedy Celebration supporting the IMF's cutting-edge research programs. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of cells in the bone marrow. It cannot be cured, but new therapies used in combination and in sequence can create long-term remissions for many patients with a good quality of life.
Amy Weiss commented, "A year and a half ago my husband Steve was diagnosed with myeloma, and like so many people, we had never heard of this cancer. As we struggled to get our bearings, we found information, support, friendship and caring at the IMF. I am honored by this opportunity to work on behalf of the IMF until we find a cure."
"When I first met Amy I knew she shared our passion to find a cure for myeloma, and that she recognized the importance of helping patients today, providing education and offering support," said Susie Novis, President and Co-founder of the IMF. "Amy has been a tireless worker on behalf of patients with multiple myeloma. This past November, Amy, along with Loraine Boyle, co-chaired our Annual Comedy Celebration Benefiting the Peter Boyle Memorial Fund. Her drive, capabilities and respect within the entertainment community contributed significantly to our success in raising both awareness and funding to support myeloma research. We are thrilled that she is joining our Board and we know she will continue to be a driving force in helping to raise money to find a cure."
Amy Weiss began her career as an attorney in New York and moved to Los Angeles and the entertainment industry in 1994. She has worked for Walt Disney Television, Columbia Tri-Star Television and in 1999 she joined Brillstein Entertainment Partners (then Brillstein-Grey Entertainment). She works closely with some of the top performers, writers and producers in the entertainment industry. Amy and her husband Steven live in Beverly Hills.
Myeloma affects an estimated 750,000 people worldwide, and in industrialized countries it is being diagnosed in growing numbers and in increasingly younger people.
ABOUT the International Myeloma Foundation
The International Myeloma Foundation is the oldest and largest myeloma organization, reaching more than 195,000 members in 113 countries worldwide. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients and their families, the IMF focuses in four key areas: research, education, support, and advocacy. To date, the IMF has conducted more than 200 educational seminars worldwide, maintains a world-renowned hotline, and operates Bank on a Cure®, a unique gene bank to advance myeloma research. The IMF can be reached at (800) 452-CURE. The global website is www.myeloma.org.
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