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Dear Councilmember ___________,
As a resident of the City and a Multiple Myeloma patient, I am requesting that the City of insert name of city proclaim the month of March 2017 as Myeloma Awareness Month. Multiple Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer of the bone marrow that affects more than 100,000 people in the United States, with an estimated 30,300 new cases diagnosed each year. More specifically, multiple myeloma is an uncontrolled growth of plasma cells in the bone marrow which can lead to anemia, infections, bone lesions, vertebral compressions, osteoporosis, severe pain and kidney dysfunction.
[Insert personal story here]
With the support of the International Myeloma Foundation, I have been an active member of the [insert name of your group] Multiple Myeloma Support Group. This group brings together Myeloma patients, caregivers and family members to share experiences on treatments and outcomes. Our meetings are held on the [insert day, time and location of meetings]. Interestingly, through my association with the group, I have met many other residents within the insert name of City Metropolitan area who are also dealing with this disease. During this time, I have only met one person who had heard of myeloma prior to their diagnosis. This is the primary reason for us to build awareness of the disease, as early detection will help people live longer through many treatment options, including chemotherapy, radiation, stem cell transplantation and novel and emerging therapies.
I respectfully request your help in passing a resolution proclaiming March as Myeloma Awareness Month in the [insert name of City]. An example of the proclamation is below for your convenience. Should you have any questions, please contact me at [insert your phone number].
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