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MYELOMA MINUTE | Up To The Minute News | 9.23.2021
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A Conversation with the First Person to Enroll in the ASCENT trial
After completing two years of treatment, Leo Dierckman has now been off all therapy for over a year and is MRD negative, he tells IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie.
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Save the Date: #KNOWMYELOMA Variety Show Streaming September 30 on
The #KNOWMYELOMA Variety Show will stream on on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.  It features performers who have been touched in one way or another by myeloma, including internationally touring comedian Forrest Shaw, “Ologies” podcast host Alie Ward, Dance Theatre of Harlem ballerina Daphne Lee, LA-based writer and mom Jen Curran, IMF Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Mikhael, and more!

The show closes out September’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). Throughout this month, the IMF asks one simple question: “Do You Know Myeloma?” and invites the public to explore the campaign at the link below.
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Join the IMF’s Baltimore-Area Campaign to Raise Myeloma Awareness and Improve Outcomes in the African-American Community
To spread the word about the risk and impact of multiple myeloma in the African-American community, the IMF is presenting a free, virtual myeloma workshop on Saturday, September 25, at 10 a.m. ET. In time for September’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month, this workshop is part of the IMF’s initiative in Baltimore and surrounding areas to change the course of multiple myeloma by removing barriers to early diagnosis and treatment for African Americans (for whom myeloma is two times more prevalent than it is in all other races).
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Register for This October 2nd, Virtual Multiple Myeloma Community Workshop
Do you have questions about a recent myeloma diagnosis? Are you currently undergoing maintenance therapy? Do you want to learn about the latest myeloma clinical trials? Attend the October 2nd Virtual Regional Community Workshop at 10 a.m. ET to learn answers to these questions and more. The panel of myeloma experts for this webinar will include Siddhartha Ganguly, MD, FACP (Houston Methodist); Rafat Abonour, MD (Indiana University Health); and IMF Nurse Leadership Board member Ann McNeill, RN, MSN, APN. IMF Director of Support Groups and Regional Community Workshops Kelly Cox will welcome guests. Attendees will also have time to take part in a Q&A with the experts.
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Listen to “A Day in the Life” Podcast with Bonnie Downing
In this episode of “A Day in the Life,” we talk to Baltimore-area businesswoman Bonnie Downing. Bonnie talks about how she originally faced a nine-month prognosis when she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and how she continues to thrive 20 years after that diagnosis. Today, she shares how the message of hope has become her mantra, and she encourages other patients to find the joy in life. Additionally, Bonnie will be speaking during the virtual Baltimore-area Community Workshop on September 25.
Calling All Researchers: Submit Your Grant Applications
The Brian D. Novis Research Grants honor IMF founder Brian Novis, who succumbed to multiple myeloma in July of 1992. The grants are awarded to researchers working in the field of multiple myeloma and related disorders, including smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM), monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), and immunoglobulin-derived amyloidosis. The 2022 grants will support senior research projects with $80,000 each and junior research projects with $50,000 each. The deadline to submit the applications is October 1, 2021. 
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#ASKDRDURIE | Dr. Durie's Weekly Web Video Series
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