Our Support Group Members have secured Proclamations declaring March as Myeloma Awareness Month in the following towns:

  • Bridgeport
  • Middletown
  • Naugatuck
  • Prospect
  • Watertown

Just today, I finally heard back from the State of Connecticut. Governor Malloy just signed a proclamation for the State of Connecticut declaring March as Myeloma Awareness Month! We are thrilled that our group members have been able to accomplish this! Increased awareness leads to increased research funding and ultimately a cure!

Additionally, on the National Level, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), a member of the House Cancer Caucus, spoke on the House Floor to recognize National Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month and to advocate for increased funding for medical research and passage of H.R. 1801, the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act.

Here is a link to the video of Congressman Higgins:
http://myeloma.org/ArticlePage.action?tabId=0&menuId=0&articleId=4334&aTab=-1

Also, here is a link to a blog I wrote at the request of BioTech Now.org. It’s a great article featuring all of the efforts across the Country!

http://www.biotech-now.org/health/2014/03/the-international-myeloma-foundation-pioneers-myeloma-awareness-month

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.

For all International Myeloma Foundation efforts regarding Myeloma awareness Month: mam.myeloma.org.

submitted by: Robin Touhy

 Story Link:  http://www.courant.com/community/rocky-hill/hcrs-87259-statewide-20140328,0,5054323.story

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