Because Myeloma Sucks!
A rare and incurable blood cancer counting for 1% of all cancers and 2% of all cancer deaths, all proceeds go to the International Myeloma Foundation - dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients, their loved ones and caregivers through education, research, support and advocacy.
This is the same cancer that has been brought to the public's attention with the diagnosis of Geraldine Ferraro, Mel Stottlemyre, Don Baylor, Ann Landers, Louis Rukeyser, Long Island's very own Roy Scheider, and Peter Boyle. The second most prevalent blood cancer in the United States, Multiple Myeloma is a rare and incurable cancer counting for only 1% of all cancers yet 2% of all cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be about 19,900 new diagnoses this year in the United States, almost a 25% increase since 2005.
The IMF is a non-profit public corporation, a tax-exempt 501 (c )(3) organization in the state of California and is the oldest and largest myeloma organization in existence, reaching members in more than 100 countries worldwide. The IMF is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients, their loved ones, and caregivers through education, research, support and advocacy.
Lee Grayson, a Long Island musician and founder of this event, produced the first Multiple Musicians against Multiple Myeloma (MMAMM) several months before his death in 2002. His vision was to create an event that would not only raise money for the IMF but also create an environment where patients and caregivers could come together to share information and offer support to one another.
MMAMM is an all day-music festival perfect for the whole family featuring a line-up of some of Long Island's finest musicians. With at least 8 bands performing there is something for everyone including raffles, auction items, face painters and great food!
The IMF is able to achieve its mission thanks to the compassionate concern and generous support of private individuals, corporations, foundations and community events.
To date, MMAMM has raised over $100,000 for the IMF. We still need your help to make this year's event a success. If you would like to participate here's what you can do:
- Donate a raffle item with a value of $100 or more and receive 1 ticket to the concert and name recognition on MMAMM.org website and http://www.myspace.com/myelomasucks.
- Donate a raffle item or sponsorship with a value of $500 or more and receive 2 tickets to the concert and name recognition on the event t-shirt and MMAMM.org website and http://www.myspace.com/myelomasucks.
- Donate a $1,000 sponsorship and receive 4 tickets to the concert and name recognition on the event t-shirt, printed signage at the event and on the MMAMM.org website and http://www.myspace.com/myelomasucks.
Thank you for your support and consideration.