This year, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) has received the highest 4-star rating for the 15th time from Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluator in the U.S. 

Michael Thatcher, Charity Navigator President and CEO, stated, “Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that the International Myeloma Foundation exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Only 25% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 3 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that the International Myeloma Foundation outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets the International Myeloma Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
Founded in 1990, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is the first and largest organization focusing specifically on multiple myeloma. The IMF is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure through our four founding principles: Research, Education, Support, and Advocacy.

As the IMF moves toward 2020 and 30 years of serving the myeloma community, the organization’s top priorities for the future include the following:

  • To support and to conduct global trials through the Black Swan Research Initiative® to cure a subset of myeloma patients. 
  • To broaden awareness of multiple myeloma among health-care providers internationally, including a goal of achieving earlier diagnosis.
  • To increase access to treatment for myeloma patients in Europe, U.S., and around the world.
myeloma warrior

While the IMF advances toward these targets, the organization keeps patients in mind first. That is why in 2018, the IMF developed the motif of the Myeloma Warrior. IMF President, CEO, and Co-Founder Susie Durie explains what it means to Be a Warrior:  


Asks questions

Works together



All team members of the IMF keep these values in mind as they work together internally. They bring this mindset to IMF events and outreach in the myeloma community. And, myeloma patients and caregivers give back in spades with their winning Myeloma Warrior attitudes.

As 2019 nears its close, the IMF could not have achieved this recognition from Charity Navigator without the Warrior Spirit. In honor of this achievement, the IMF salutes all Myeloma Warriors and their wise words:

“We can all be Warriors, working together. And when we work together, the team as a whole will always be greater than the sum of individual talents.” –Ron Wood, a patient living with myeloma

“Being a myeloma warrior is not about fighting. Being a myeloma warrior is not about winning. Being a myeloma warrior is not about bringing my A-game all the time. Being a myeloma warrior is about having the right information to make the best informative decision in collaboration with my myeloma specialist.” – Yelak Biru, IMF Board Member and patient living with myeloma

“For me being a myeloma warrior means, always keep smiling, keep dreaming, and never ever give up hope. . . And purpose, we have to have purpose.” – Cherie Rineker, activist and patient living with myeloma

The IMF thanks you for being by the side of all patients and caregivers in their myeloma journeys.  Visit the following link for more about this Charity Navigator recognition of the International Myeloma Foundation.


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