North Hollywood, CA, March 27, 2015 – The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) – improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure – today commended Representative Brian Higgins (D-NY) for introducing a federal resolution (H. Res. 174) that supports the designation of the month of March 2015 as “National Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month.”
Currently there are more than 225,000 people living with myeloma worldwide, and more than 110,000 new cases are diagnosed yearly, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. The resolution co-sponsors were Representatives Eleanor Norton (D-DC) and Alcee Hastings (D-FL). The resolution would add to the immense successes of patient advocates across the country, who have already received proclamations from 28 individual states, counties, and cities.
“The IMF would like to thank Rep. Higgins, as well as Reps. Norton and Hastings for their leadership in this resolution,” IMF President and Co-Founder Susie Novis said. “I’m very proud of the hard work done by our advocacy team in securing this introduction.”
Rep. Higgins has continuously encouraged “strong support for medical research, increasing funding to the National Institutes of Health.” The IMF has worked closely with Rep. Higgins and other members of the House and Senate on legislation to equalize insurance reimbursements for cancer drugs regardless of whether they are oral or IV. The IMF believes patients should have access to the medications their physicians prescribe, and not be limited to the treatments their insurance company will reimburse.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION: Established in 1990, the IMF is the oldest and largest foundation focusing specifically on multiple myeloma. The Foundation’s reach extends to more than 350,000 members in 140 countries worldwide. The IMF is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure by focusing on four key areas: research, education, support, and advocacy. The IMF has conducted more than 250 educational seminars worldwide, maintains a world-renowned InfoLine, and in 2001, established the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), a collaborative research initiative focused on improving myeloma treatment options for patients. In 2013, the IMF launched the Black Swan Research Initiative®, a groundbreaking research project aimed at curing myeloma. The IMF can be reached at (800) 452-CURE (2873). The global website is www.myeloma.org. Follow the IMF on Twitter @IMFmyeloma.
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