Myeloma Minute: September 3, 2015

IMF Receives Highest 4-Star Charity Rating for 11 Years Running

The IMF has been awarded Charity Navigator’s 4-star, highest rating for 2014! The rating, according to Charity Navigator, indicates that the IMF operates in an ethical and fiscally responsible manner. A 4-star rating is the highest rating a charity can receive from the organization and earning it places the IMF in the “Exceptional” category, meaning the IMF “exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in its cause.” Charity Navigator works to promote “a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation’s and the world’s most persistent challenges.” We’re proud of our 11-year 4-star rating and honored to serve the myeloma community in finding a cure! Read the detailed rating report, HERE.


Young Doctors from China Experience IMF's Myeloma Master Class

A group of physicians from leading medical institutions in China came to Los Angeles to learn about myeloma during the International Myeloma Foundation’s recent Myeloma Master Class. In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie, details some of the unique challenges facing these young doctors who, nevertheless, are excited about the future. To read, click HERE.


Nebraska Support Group Leader and Myeloma Advocate Profiled

Grand Island, Nebraska support group leader Dr. Jim Omel has transformed his myeloma diagnosis in 1997 into positive experience, not only in his life, but in the lives of many. “What I’ve done in my retirement is to use my medical knowledge to help [other] cancer patients,” he said in a profile published in the Grand Island Independent.  Dr. Omel leads the Grand Island Support Group in Nebraska and has published many articles about myeloma and cancer research, including the recent front-page story for July’s American Society of Clinical Research (ASCO) publication, the ASCO Post. Read his full story HERE.


Winner of Myeloma Fundraiser 'Blooms of Life' Raffle Announced

Joe and Darcy McCorristin of Chesapeake, VA are the happy winners of the myeloma fundraiser quilt “Many Blooms of Life.” Brenda Riggs of Virginia Beach, VA organized the raffle and donated the beautiful quilt, which she crafted during a stem cell transplant to help fundraise for the IMF. Pictured are Brenda, on the left, and Darcy on the right, accepting the quilt. Our thanks to all who participated, raising nearly $2,000, and our congratulations to winners Joe and Darcy. Read this story HERE

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