For February, our Casual Friday efforts raised $200, which the agency matched for a total donation of $400 to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. This charity was nominated by our receptionist Janet in memory of Larry Rosa, our deceased co-worker who lost his battle to the illness.
In addition, we have another employee with a family member currently battling the disease, so the charity was near and dear to all of us. Regrettably, most of us know so little about the disease, unless it touches our life. The MMRF hopes to change that and advocates and educates to raise awareness.
What is Multiple Myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a form of blood cancer that affects plasma cells. It softens bone marrow and can trigger the production of an antibody protein that leads to tumors, kidney damage, bone destruction and impaired immune function.
What Causes Multiple Myeloma?
While researchers understand a bit more about how the disease develops, they have not pinpointed a specific cause. However, they do know that certain genetic mutations play a role. However, it is not an inherited genetic disease. Every case of Multiple Myeloma affects the patient in a different manner.
Some populations are more prone to it than others. The most affected are males, African Americans, and people over the age of 45. The Black community is twice as likely to contract Multiple Myeloma as whites and more prone to monoclonal gammopathy, the development of the related destructive protein.
MMRF Notable Achievements
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is determined to find a cure. They have already invested $500M in research with 90% of funds raised going directly to research and related programs.
The foundation’s research has also led to fourteen new drugs in the market to help patients combat the disease, unprecedented in oncology. Their efforts have also increased life expectancy threefold.
They provide many resources too, including a patient navigation center to help those battling the disease to find their way. They also offer educational programs, support groups, one-on-one mentorships, and access to financial assistance.
How You Can Help
If you would like to donate to this worthwhile charity, you can do so on their website. Every cent counts and your donation will go directly to their valuable programs and groundbreaking research.
The organization offers many ways to give – by mail, phone, and through planned giving. You can also make a one-time or monthly cash donation or set up an event or Dedicated Tribute Page.