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14th Anniversary Ribbon of Hope Making A World of Difference Gala
November 6, 2004
Sat, Nov 06, 2004

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Mark Your Calendar! Announcing the IMF' s


The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is pleased to announce its Ribbon of Hope - Making a World of Difference 14th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 6, 2004, at the illustrious Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This year, the IMF is thrilled to have eminent stateswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro act as Honorary Gala Chair as we pay tribute to Brian G.M. Durie, M.D., co-founder and Chairman of the IMF Board of Directors and the evening's distinguished Guest of Honor. We are also pleased to announce the return of the inimitable Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous) as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

"This past year has seen important advancements in myeloma research and treatment. Such progress can only be made through the hard work and dedication of the individuals we will be honoring at the Gala. These people truly make a difference," said Susie Novis, IMF President.

Additional Gala honorees include Karen Talmadge, Ph.D., EVP, Co-Founder & CSO of Kyphon Inc. and recipient of the Quality of Life Award for the development of kyphoplasty, an innovative treatment technique that restores structural integrity to compressed vertebrae and relieves acute pain for countless myeloma patients worldwide. The Ribbon of Hope Award will be awarded to the Los Angeles Multiple Myeloma Support Group for their dedicated support to hundreds of myeloma members throughout Los Angeles. Captain Fred Gloor, USMM (ret.) will be honored with the IMF' s Courage Award for his untiring dedication to the San Diego Multiple Myeloma Support Group, and David J. Brown, longtime IMF supporter, will accept the Visionary Award for his unflagging dedication to the IMF' s cutting edge research initiative, Bank On A Cure®, the first comprehensive, myeloma-specific cancer patient DNA bank in history.

"Bank On A Cure® has the potential to be a ground-breaking tool in the struggle to understand, and ultimately cure, multiple myeloma. Our goal for the Gala is to raise $500,000 in support of the collection and processing of patient and control DNA samples." said Novis.

Myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow that attacks and destroys bone. Myeloma affects nearly 100,000 people in the United States with approximately 1,000 new patients diagnosed each month worldwide. The IMF is the premier organization for myeloma education and advocacy, serving more than 120,000 members globally. The non-profit organization offers educational programs for medical and lay people, conducts advocacy activities and funds research initiatives. The 2004 Gala will mark the IMF's 14th year of service to the myeloma community.

Dr. Durie is a true Scotsman and in honor of his heritage, the Gala will feature bagpipes, single malt whiskey, heather and clan tartans - kilts are optional! The Gala will commence in the Biltmore's elegant Tiffany Room with a silent auction and reception. Guests will then enjoy a gourmet meal prepared by renowned Executive Chef Markus Schaedler to be served in the magnificent Crystal Ballroom. Dancing to music provided by the sensational 12-piece Chuck Wansley Band and a live auction featuring art objects, theatre and restaurant packages, sports memorabilia, and travel packages will complete the evening' s events. Tickets are $250 per person and a portion of all proceeds will benefit Bank On A Cure®. Table sponsorships are also available. For more information, please contact Suzanne Battaglia at 818.452-CURE (2873), ext. 235, or at sbattaglia@myeloma.org.