Contact: John Doe, Support Group Leader
Phone: XXX XXX XXXX
Mayor [insert name of your mayor] Declares March “Myeloma Awareness Month”
[Insert City, State, Date] — [insert City and Mayor’s name] has proclaimed March 2017 “Myeloma Awareness Month.” According to the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), Myeloma, also referred to as multiple myeloma, is an incurable cancer of cells in the bone marrow. Myeloma currently affects more than 100,000 people in the United States, with an estimated 30,330 new cases diagnosed in 2016. Myeloma is increasing in numbers and is becoming more common in younger patients, with possible links to environmental toxins.
“We appreciate Mayor [name]’s help in raising awareness of myeloma,” said [insert your name], leader of the [insert your support groups name] Support Group. “This recognition is important to me because [explain why this matters to you.]
[Insert your name], who lives in [city], was diagnosed in [date] when he was [age]. “Our support group is a place where people with myeloma and their families can learn about the newest treatments available and gain support and education from those who have been living with the disease.” [Insert a quote about your support group meetings].
Myeloma Action Month is sponsored by the International Myeloma Foundation, the leader in global collaborative myeloma research. The IMF brings together the world’s leading myeloma experts through the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) and is charting a path to a cure through the foundation’s signature project, the Black Swan Research Initiative.®
[Insert information for your support group meeting: Date, time, location, contact information, website]
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION
The International Myeloma Foundation reaches more than 240,000 members in 120 countries worldwide. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients and their families, the IMF focuses on four key areas: research, education, support, and advocacy. To date, the IMF has conducted more than 250 educational seminars worldwide, maintains a world-renowned hotline, and established the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), a collaborative research initiative focused on improving myeloma treatment options for patients. The IMF can be reached at (800) 452-CURE (2873). The global website is www.myeloma.org. Follow the IMF on Twitter at @IMFmyeloma.