Myeloma Minute: Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19


| INNOVATION | Latest Research


March 19, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Resilience and Hope in Challenging Times, and More FAQs

As COVID-19 infections spread across the U.S., IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie continues to follow the research and share the most important information people living with myeloma need to know now.


| ACTION | IMF Board Update


The International Myeloma Foundation Announces Martine Elias joins the IMF Board of Directors

The International Myeloma Foundation is very pleased to announce that Martine Elias has joined the IMF Board of Directors. Martine brings tremendous experience and commitment  to the Board, and the IMF looks forward to her active involvement in our many programs.

Martine Elias is the Executive Director at Myeloma Canada, the only patient-driven, grassroots organization bringing the Canadian myeloma community together and promoting a strong, unified national voice for people living with multiple myeloma. In addition, Martine is Chair of the Collective Oncology Network for Exchange, Cancer Care Innovation, Treatment Access and Education (CONECTed), a Canadian-based organization. 


| EDUCATION | Webinar


Listen to a Replay of the IMF Patient & Family Webinar

In case you missed it, listen to the replay of the IMF Patient & Family Webinar. This two-hour webinar featured a panel discussion about the latest treatments for and management of myeloma led by IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie.

Panelists include Dr. Rafat Abonour of Indiana University, Dr. Paul G. Richardson of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Patient Advocate Yelak Biru. The webinar covers how to avoid exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19), frontline therapy options, recommendations for maintenance therapy, current relapse options, and potential novel therapy options in 2020.


| EDUCATION | Workshop


| INSPIRATION | Virtual Race


IMF Regional Community Workshops Are Postponed
Cabin Fever: Schedule Your Own Private Run/Walk for This Year’s Miles for Myeloma

Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and the potential impact on the health and safety of myeloma patients, the IMF is postponing all in-person patient education meetings. The Regional Community Workshops in Birmingham, Alabama; Kansas City, Kansas; Edina, Minnesota; and Detroit, Michigan have been postponed until further notice. Follow the IMF Events page for updates.

With a focus on the health and well-being of our participants and the growing concerns over the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we are canceling the in-person event. The Miles for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk is NOW VIRTUAL! The safety of our myeloma patients along with their friends and family is our priority. Visit the link below to learn about this new and exciting style of racing.



| ACTION | Tell Us How You Are Doing


Now Is the Time to Share Your Stories of Resilience

It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world into uncharted waters. We are especially thinking of you at this time — multiple myeloma patients, caregivers, and your loved ones. We also send our appreciation to all the healthcare professionals who are on the front lines every day. On March 1, 2020, the IMF launched the #IAMRESILIENT2020 Myeloma Action Month campaign. Resilience is the capacity to adapt to challenges. We realize not everyone can feel resilient all the time to be a resilient person, especially during this time. Our hope is that you will continue to share your stories of strength in the face of adversity on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #IAMRESILIENT2020. If it helps to keep up your spirits, post your picture on social media and tell us how you are doing. We continue to be here for you!


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