When Edward Curtis’ wife Carolyn was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2011, they had never heard of the disease. Seeking information and support, the Curtises attended an IMF Patient & Family seminar in Boca Raton, Florida. There, they met Anne Pacowta, the IMF’s Florida Regional Director of Support Groups, and they soon began an IMF Support Group in their hometown of the Villages, Florida.
In 2015, after four years of treatments, Carolyn Curtis lost her battle to multiple myeloma. During the four years of Carolyn living with the illness, Edward noted that the two of them made many trips back and forth to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, as well as other medical facilities, adding many miles to the car and lots of gas.
With this in mind, Edward Curtis put his tennis skills toward a good cause. Edward is a certified by The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and has been teaching tennis since 1996. He is a USTA Masters Tennis Ambassador and a member of the U.S. Racquet Stringers Association.
Edward presently coordinates a Masters Tennis program and teaches a Basic Tennis clinic at Curtis Tennis in the Villages. He donates all the proceeds from the Masters Tennis program to purchasing gas cards for patients and their families who, too, have to travel back and forth for medical care.
Edward gives back to the myeloma community year-round, not only through his tennis lessons but also by organizing an annual fund-raiser, Masters Tennis for Myeloma. Nearly 25 people participated in a round-robin tennis tournament at the most-recent event, raising about $3000 for the IMF.
When asked what motivates him to stay involved, Edward said, “The IMF gave us such helpful guidance. There were many late nights when Carolyn was on the phone with IMF staff members to learn about the available treatments for her myeloma. It is now time to give back.” As a former caregiver, Edward finds it “really rewarding to give back to patients and those involved with them.”