Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer. Yet the majority of patients have never heard of it until they are told they have the disease.
To help raise awareness, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) in 2009 declared March “Myeloma Awareness Month.” We have been working diligently to increase awareness. Last year over 60 cities and four states did the same. This year, we are pleased to see how many other organizations are following in our footsteps and recognizing March as “Myeloma Awareness Month.” The IMF is proud to have brought people together to spread the word and achieve this important goal!
Increasing awareness of this devastating disease can lead to increased funding for research and ultimately save lives. Awareness can lead to patients asking whether their doctor has considered myeloma as a possible cause for their symptoms and can lead to earlier diagnosis.Learn More
After the success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, some very special myeloma patients and supporters got together to create a fun campaign designed around myeloma awareness. The goal was to make more well known around the globe, bringing communities together to fight for a cure.
The #MamboforMyeloma initiative asks patients, caregivers, doctors, friends, family members, and groups to film themselves dancing and share a donation link for the cause. You don’t have to be an amazing dancer; the spirit is what is important. With #MamboforMyeloma, myeloma patients have the power to be seen and heard, initiating change and sharing their stories.Learn How to Participate
St. Patrick’s Day falls right in the middle of March every year with the tradition of “wearing the green,” but since the IMF has declared March Myeloma Awareness Month (#MAM), we’d like to encourage you all to celebrate while wearing burgundy, too!
Show your support by marching against myeloma in your local St. Patrick’s Day parade. The IMF will provide you with t-shirts and a banner to march in style and spread awareness throughout your community. Gather friends, family members, colleagues, support group members, even pets, and be sure to share your experiences by live-Tweeting the parade and sending us your photos!
Educational Programs for MAM:
Two Regional Community Workshops:
Outreach/Awareness Programs for MAM:
The IMF will post facts, images, videos, and other messages of hope throughout myeloma awareness month on the IMF Facebook and Twitter pages. If you use Facebook and/or Twitter, we encourage use of these platforms to help spread the word by sharing and retweeting.