On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Compton’s 13th Annual Building Better Communities Through Better Health Fair, the International Myeloma Foundation was front and center doing what it does best: bringing education and awareness to communities who do not necessarily have access to it.

Attendees were surprised to find out that African Americans are at an increased risk for multiple myeloma. They also learned about the IMF is the organization on the ground who exists to offer a wealth of resources and information.

Organized and sponsored by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the event had the Tau Tau Chapter in attendance. The members of this Chapter set up, answered questions, and made sure that the event ran smoothly. Other vendors included City of Hope, Cedar Sinai, other local clinics, financial planners, and insurance companies, among others.

Everyone was there to make sure the Compton community left with as much information as possible. The attendees were especially grateful to the IMF for sharing information on myeloma and providing bags for them to carry all their information in!  Selma Plascencia, the IMF's Director of Operations, and Suzanne Battaglia, the IMF's Senior Director of Member Events, were thrilled to be included in such a worthwhile effort. The IMF is thankful to have been invited on behalf of both the fraternity and Isadore Hall III, a former member of the California State Senate. Selma and Suzanne were especially appreciative to be welcomed by the Compton community!

Learn more about the IMF's Diversity program here

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