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The IMF Advocacy program trains and supports concerned individuals to advocate on health issues that affect the myeloma community. Working at both the U.S. state and federal level, the IMF supports legislation that betters the lives of multiple myeloma patients nationwide. 

Why We Do It
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For Patients
We fight for patients' rights to treatments in which they may otherwise not be able to afford or have access
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For US Policy
We want to better the lives of myeloma patients in the US by giving them tools to do so through the IMF Advocacy program
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For the World
To improve the lives of myeloma patients around the world through the Global Myeloma Action Network (GMAN)
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Our Advocacy Team
Danielle Doheny
Director of Public Policy and Advocacy
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Danielle Doheny
Director of Public Policy and Advocacy

Danielle Doheny joined IMF after a six-year career on Capitol Hill where she worked as an adviser to two members of Congress. As a Congressional staffer, Danielle’s primary focus was on healthcare and issues related to energy, the environment, science, and technology. In her role with the IMF, she advocates on behalf of the multiple myeloma community to the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. Danielle’s father is a multiple myeloma patient, and she has a unique passion for her work on behalf of patients and their families. Danielle graduated cum laude from Thiel College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

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Serdar Erdoğan
Director, Global Myeloma Action Network and European & Middle Eastern Patient Programs
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Serdar Erdoğan
Director, Global Myeloma Action Network and European & Middle Eastern Patient Programs

Serdar joined the IMF in September 2018 with seven years of experience in the non-profit sector, specializing in corporate communications and development. For the prior four years, he was part of the business development team at the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV). Earlier in his career, Serdar spent more than 15 years working with global corporations. He is the co-founder of Living With Myeloma Initiative and Cancer Survivors Association that has organized patient and family seminars in several cities in Turkey. Serdar is also a journalist, translator, editor, content provider, and musician.

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What Is Multiple Myeloma?

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells. Other names for the disease are "myeloma" and "plasma cell myeloma." Plasma cells make antibodies against infectious agents such as viruses and bacteria. A cancer cell or malignant plasma cell is called a myeloma cell. Myeloma is called “multiple” because there are frequently multiple patches or areas in bone marrow where it grows.

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