Dear Support Group Leaders,
Years ago, after much frustration over the lack of understanding and awareness of multiple myeloma, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) declared March as “Myeloma Awareness Month” and has grown its program into a multifaceted campaign. This year’s program included a kickoff live event, free teleconference, new website, social media, local proclamations, and “Myeloma Awareness Month” kits for the more than 140 IMF support groups across the country.
At the start of the month, IMF launched Myeloma Awareness Month in Boca Raton, FL at its first Patient & Family Seminar of the year. Over 250 patients, caregivers, family and friends attended the event. View the live stream of this event here.
On March 13, over 900 people registered for the IMF’s free teleconference, “Living Well with Myeloma: Chemo Brain – Is it Real?” If you missed it, you can listen to the replay of the call and view the slides.
Each IMF US Support Group received a “Myeloma Awareness Month” kit to help with local outreach.
To help raise awareness, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) in 2009 declared March “Myeloma Awareness Month.” Last year over 60 cities and four states did the same. We are thrilled to report that this year, 70 Cities and 11 States have proclaimed March as Myeloma Awareness Month. This is all due to your amazing efforts!
The IMF held a friendly support group competition with over 140 US Support Groups participating. The top groups with the most media items published between mid February and the first week of April, were placed into a special drawing for a gift certificate to Panera Bread to receive free bagels for the group meetings for a year.
The winner of the Panera Bread
gift certificate is . . . . . .
Boca Raton, Florida Multiple Myeloma Support Group
To the members of the Boca Raton, Florida Support Group!
To all Support Groups that participated & increased awareness!
Please take a moment to look at all the fantastic articles:
Here, you’ll have access to:
Inspiring stories from patients and caregivers on how they learned to cope with Multiple Myeloma
Local support groups bring Multiple Myeloma Awareness to media outlets.
Let your voice be heard. Myeloma Awareness Month proclamations from across the Nation.
This year alone, awareness of multiple myeloma reached tens of thousands more people through the IMF’s efforts. Additionally, IMF was pleased to see many other organizations follow in its footsteps and recognize March as “Myeloma Awareness Month.” The IMF is proud to have brought people together to spread the word and achieve this important goal!
Congratulations and Thank you for your efforts to increase myeloma awareness in your local communities and across the Nation!