Grassroots fundraisers are taking place across the country as friends of the IMF help raise awareness of myeloma while supporting essential research, patient education, and advocacy programs. Since 1997, we have been working with people just like you to create and produce fundraisers for the IMF. We are with you every step of the way! Anyone can participate – you can be 8 or 80 – and fundraisers can be as easy as hosting a bake sale or luncheon, and as elaborate as a golf tournament.
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Explore these pages to find events in your areas – we encourage our members to support existing fundraisers as well as create their own! For more ideas on fundraising events, read the latest issue of Making Miracles – a newsletter inspired by our members!
Graham’s grandfather, Pete McCalman, was a member of the Northeast Tennessee Multiple Myeloma Support Group until his death in 2016. Graham, now 13 years old, learned to play golf through the encouragement and support from his Papa. In his Papa’s memory, Graham would like to raise both awareness of Multiple Myeloma and funds to help find a cure.
The Red House Carnival fundraiser is an evening of fun, featuring a water pong tournament and backyard games. My dad loved good craft beer, Jimi Hendrix, and his family. This event is meant to highlight each of those aspects of his life. Through the support of local organizations like the Wegman’s Chestnut Hill, Whole Foods Brighton, Café Nation, and OTTO Pizza, the event last July was a huge success. Over the course of its first three years, this event has raised close to $20,000 in single night events that have been massively fun. We will once again be taking over the Aeronaut Brewery for a Sunday Funday in Somerville!
Scott was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma Dec, 2012. He had several months of chemo and a stem cell transplant in May of 2013. Fall 2016 treatment began again and he plans to have another stem cell transplant June of 2017. He firmly believes that celebrating life together and raising money for a cure is a perfect combination. IMF research supports the development of new drug therapies and we are inviting you to help fund research that could possibly find a cure for multiple myeloma.
Laughs 4 Life proudly presents the legendary comedy of Bill Engvall. The funds raised from the 2017 event will be shared among some incredible organizations: The International Myeloma Foundation, CURE Childhood Cancer, and the Forrest General Cancer Center. With a goal of raising $150,000 and surpassing the 2016 total of $124,000 we know these organizations will be able to provide benefits to patients in a variety of targeted ways. We welcome the community to join us for a night of laughter, fun, and philanthropy as we collectively improve the future outlook for so many facing the challenges cancer presents.
“Courage” is a quilt I made while visiting my dear friend Kay Wade in Washington State for her “Celebration of Life” in 2015. Although she had another form of cancer, she was courageous and fought every day for just one more day until God called her home. Cancer survivors are a rare breed no matter what form of cancer we may have. We have to have courage to be able to fight and perservere through all of the tests, treatments, biopsies, drug affects, and trail therapies. Multiple myeloma is determined and relentless and comes back with a vengeance. With your help, they are getting closer and closer to a cure. They are on the edge of it and I’m proof. I had my 3rd Stem Cell Transplant in August 2010 and I have been blessed with being cancer free ever since then. In August 2015, I raffled “Many Blooms of Life” quilt raising more than $900 for the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). I’m hoping to raise over $1,500 from “Courage.”
After a very successful event last year, we are happy to announce the 2nd annual "A Mission for Matt" Dinner Dance.
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.
Our Fifth Annual Miracles for Myeloma 5K run/walk will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017! Our forth run/walk last year became an unbelievable event for all, and we raised over $78,000 in pursuit of the cure for multiple myeloma. As a matter of fact, a senior “Brian D. Novis Research Grant” were awarded to the entire Miracles for Myeloma event, and was presented to a researcher helping to find that cure at the ASH (American Society of Hematologists) conference in December! It is once again our goal to raise awareness and money in our ongoing fight against this deadly disease.