Support the International Myeloma Foundation's Mission through Your Legacy
By Lynn K. Green, Ed.D.
IMF Senior Vice President, Philanthropy
The mission of the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is to improve the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure through four founding principles: Research, Education, Support, and Advocacy. Patients with myeloma and their loved ones are central to each IMF program and service. You are not alone. The IMF is here for you.
“The IMF was the first place where I felt that someone heard me and truly cared,” says Amy L. Salmon.
Amy narrated her myeloma journey and why she ultimately decided to leave a legacy to the IMF through FreeWill.
“On Thanksgiving Day in 2016, at my sister-in-law’s house, I had an accidental fall. There was a crack so loud that everyone in the room stopped what they were doing and looked at me. That was when the pain started, and it only got worse with each passing day for the next two years. First, I went without a diagnosis, then I was misdiagnosed. Life was hard. My teenage daughter had to grow up fast; she and my best friend were my only support system.”
“In 2018, my daughter brought me to the emergency room, and I told them I wasn’t leaving until they figured out what was wrong with me. Finally, I was seen by a specialist and my myeloma was diagnosed. I had tumors up and down my spine. For seven months, I was in the hospital receiving aggressive chemotherapy. I can’t even count the days I spent in the intensive care unit.”
“Next, I was sent to a rehabilitation center to learn to walk again. After that, I was moved to a nursing home. Transplant wasn’t an option because I don’t have a care partner. It took until May 2019 – a full year – to achieve remission; now I’m on maintenance therapy with Revlimid.”
“I found the IMF online and I was shown so much love. The IMF became my go-to resource and the knowledge I gained helps me have better conversations with my doctor. Now I want to be of help to others; I don’t want anyone to experience what I went through on my journey. Although I don’t have much and I may not understand the science of the research, I have faith that the IMF will find a cure for myeloma and, when that happens, I’ll be proud to have been even just a small part of it. This is why I decided to leave a legacy to the IMF through FreeWill. I want to protect who and what I love.”
In one of the many initiatives by the IMF that support the myeloma community, we have partnered with FreeWill at freewill.com/myeloma, a secure and trusted online platform that can help you write your legal will in 20 minutes or less, at no cost to you. We know that making long-term decisions can be overwhelming. It is a sensitive undertaking for many families – especially for those dealing with myeloma.
We never want to make anyone feel uncomfortable with these conversations. Our goal is to provide you with peace of mind, help you plan for the future, and ensure that your loved ones are protected.
FreeWill makes estate planning accessible to anyone – regardless of age or wealth. This simple tool can help you secure your wishes for the future. Plan for your assets, dictate future healthcare decisions, and even make a gift to the causes you care about. If you prefer to finalize your estate planning with an attorney, making use of this resource first will save you time.
Finding a cure for myeloma is possible, and we would be honored to have you stand with us as we continue our steadfast search. Each and every day, we strive to make significant break- throughs that will help us develop a deeper understanding of myeloma. While creating your plans for the future, you can make the IMF’s research, education, support, and advocacy a part of your personal legacy by including a planned gift in your will.
With your help, we can create a brighter and more hopeful future for the myeloma community. YOUR legacy could play a vital role in our search for a cure. Consider including us in your estate planning and becoming a philanthropic partner with the IMF today!
We know that life circumstances can change, and you may need to alter or reconsider your gift in the future. That’s all right – the IMF is and always will be here for you throughout your myeloma journey.
(This article was published in the 2022 Summer Edition of the IMF's quarterly publication, Myeloma Today. Read the full publication here.)