Upcoming Events: Fundraiser

photo of guy hay and friend before hike
I am doing this hike to raise money for the international Myeloma Foundation (IMF). My nephew, Timothy Gavallas, has multiple myeloma, and the foundation has given him spiritual support and a network of friends that have helped he and his family face their battle with myeloma. 
czerkies golf event 2019
The Czerkies family hosts a golf outing in memory of their parents who both passed from cancer.
Anti-Cancer comedy FUNdraiser event
Featuring: Roy Wood Jr., Nikki Glaser, Jessica Kirson, Mark Normand, Nick Griffin, Forrest Shaw, Andy Ostroff. New York Comedy Club, 241 E 24th St., New York, NY, 10010. All proceeds go to The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), the first and largest foundation focusing specifically on multiple myeloma. 
Frank Announcement for Laughs 4 Life
For the fourth year in a row, multiple myeloma patient Kent Oliver organizes the Laughs 4 Life Comedy Benefit. Laughs 4 Life will take place on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. CST at the historic Saenger Theater in downtown Hattiesberg, Mississippi. The night’s performers are headliner Frank Caliendo with opening act Keith Alberstadt.
Miracles for Myeloma Banner with organizers group shot
The Seventh Annual Miracles for Myeloma 5K run/walk takes place on Saturday, September 21, 2019.
seeds of hope logo
My name is Sylvia Hairston and I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in November of 2016. Please help me by purchasing a ticket(s) to the second annual fundraiser event.  All monies will be donated to International Myeloma Foundation.  Be a part of a cure, my cure, for only 35.00 per ticket. 
portrait photo of matt plus one
In November of 2013, at the age of 36, my brother Matt, a healthy, energetic teacher and coach, husband, and father of 3, was hospitalized with his 4th case of pneumonia. These multiple pneumonias, we found out 3 days later, were the result of a diagnosis none of us were prepared to hear - multiple myeloma. In December, being the selfless, generous man Matt is, he began a clinical trial in order to help fight this disease, and to help others afflicted with myeloma. This chemotherapy alone could not halt the myeloma from progressing, and Matt endured a stem cell transplant in June of 2015. Today, he continues to battle multiple myeloma with chemo every other week. 
walt disney marathon logo
In January 2020, I will be participating in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend which partners with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to fight blood cancers. I’ll be running a 10k and Half Marathon (19.3 miles) back-to-back in honor and support of all those people like my dad, who heard one word, and instantly had their life changed. The training and energy I will have to endure during my races will not come close in comparison to the fight that patients with MM go through every single day.

Ongoing Events


Pigs Fly Marathon

And they will in Cincinnati, Ohio during the Flying Pig Marathon on May 4 & 5, 2019. Our daughters, Ellen and Teresa started this fundraiser 8 years ago. It has expanded to include our children, grandchildren, extended family, multiple myeloma patients, caregivers and friends. Through their efforts, more than $33,000 has been raised for the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer, and due to advances in treatment and the availability of new drugs, life expectancy has greatly improved. The International Myeloma Foundation has been an important part of our battle with this disease: providing education, research dollars, guidelines, support for patients and families; and an initiative called the Black Swan Project which is a major push to cure this disease. The IMF provides support for our Cincy Myeloma Support Group. Patients and caregivers benefit from speakers, education and mutual support.

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Jack's Education Grant 2019

Jack is fundraising for myeloma education. His goal is to raise $50K that the IMF will use for an educational grant. Today most patients diagnosed with myeloma have still never heard of it and with more treatments available today but still no cure, education is even more important.

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Mark Ho (BagYo) Working Toward a Cure

In 2017, while still with the Vet Center, he was diagnosed with 2 cancers, Multiple Myeloma and Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma, with the VA and military linking both these cancers to his service in and out of country (burn Pits in Iraq and his job as an Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter). As of 2018, BagYo has successfully put the Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma into remission, and continues to march on in the fight against Multiple Myeloma. His fight is still being documented via video logs and journals which are being released on Youtube. Having found a new voice and passion through music, and his current fight with cancer, BagYo has the opportunity to access a platform and empathy that many others are unable to. By all accounts, he appears to do so with confidence.

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Great Wine + Great Causes

That's the fundamental idea behind (c)3.  We source our grapes from some of the best vineyards in the world, and give our profits to some of the best charities working to make a difference.  Join us. Purchase a bottle and all of the profits will benefit the International Myeloma Foundation. Cheers! 

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