Call for Nominations for the Brian Durie Humanitarian Award

The Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group is seeking nominees for the Brian Durie Humanitarian Award, presented annually to someone who has made a positive difference in the field of myeloma treatment. The award will be given at our upcoming “Miles for Myeloma” fundraiser on April 25, 2015. Dr Brian Durie is a world-renowned myeloma specialist, and the Medical Director and Co-Founder of the International Myeloma Foundation, who has been very supportive of our group for many years. We honor him at our annual fundraisers by acknowledging in his name an individual who has made an impact in the effort to fight myeloma.

The nominee should be committed to finding a cure for myeloma, whether through research, education, financial support or volunteering. This person can be a medical professional, such as a doctor or a nurse, or other individuals in non-medical fields, such as a social worker, educator, philanthropist, fundraiser or caregiver. We are looking for people who inspire you and offer you and your family a sense of hope.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2015

Click here to download the nomination form.

E-mail completed nomination forms (as attachments) to any of our following board members:

Sharon Alexander: salex16@comcast.net
Marilyn Alexander: malex19115@comcast.net
Nancy Stewart: n_nstewart@msn.com

Thank you!

Season’s Greetings and….

The PMMNG wishes all its members a happy holiday season and a splendid New Year. We also want to remind you of our upcoming group meeting, the first of 2015, on Saturday, January 10, with separate open discussions for patients and caregivers, supplying an opportunity to share opinions freely. An excellent opportunity to bond with your peers, get some advice or just listen in. We’ll see you then….

December 13: End-of-year holiday celebration

Please join us at our next group meeting on Saturday, December 13, when we will celebrate the holiday season and another successful year of mutual support.

PMMNG meetings are held the second Saturday of every month, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, at the Ralston House, 3615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA (Near the University of Pennsylvania Campus). There is free parking behind Ralston House, accessible from Ludlow Street.

Newcomers are especially welcome.

Blood Cancer Conference — November 21

The Abramson Cancer Center will hold its “8th Focus on Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplantation” on Friday, November 21, at the Hilton Hotel, 4200 City Avenue, Philadelphia, 7:30 am – 2 pm. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
If you are newly diagnosed, in treatment, long-term survivor; caregiver or loved one of someone with:
  • Leukemia, Lymphoma, Mutiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplasia, Myeloproliferative Diseases
  • MGUS, AMM
  • Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplantation: autologous or allogeneic, and cellular therapies
  • Nurses and Social Workers”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

November 8 Meeting: Financial Assistance Programs

Please join us at our next group meeting on Saturday, November 8, when we will feature Christina Bach, MBE, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, discussing financial assistance programs relating to coverage of myeloma treatment. Ms. Bach is the Education Director at the Association of Oncology Social Work and the Educational Content Specialist for Oncolink.

UPDATE: Ms. Bach has generously allowed her presentation, “Overview of Co-Pay Assistance and Financial Assistance Resources,” available for download. CLICK HERE to access the PowerPoint file (2.5 MB). If you experience difficulties viewing the file, please contact the webmaster at jroberts @ joshuaroberts.com.

PMMNG meetings are held the second Saturday of every month, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, at the Ralston House, 3615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA (Near the University of Pennsylvania Campus). There is free parking behind Ralston House, accessible from Ludlow Street.

Newcomers are especially welcome.

October 11 Meeting: Patient and Caregiver Open Discussions

The PMMNG’s upcoming meeting on Saturday, October 11, will feature separate open discussions for patients and caregivers, supplying an opportunity to share opinions freely. General schedule:

1:30 PM:  General announcements

1:45 PM:  Open Discussion

2:00 PM:  Patient-Caregiver Split

Please join us, whether you’re a long-time member of the group or have reason to consider attending for the first time.

Monthly Meeting Information

WHEN: Second Saturday of Every Month, 1:30 – 3:30 PM

WHERE: RALSTON HOUSE, 3615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

(Near the University of Pennsylvania Campus)

There is free parking behind Ralston House off of Ludlow Street.

September 13 Meeting: Smoldering Myeloma, A Discussion with Brendan M. Weiss, MD

Please join us at our next group meeting on Saturday, September 13, when Dr. Brendan M. Weiss of the Abramson Cancer Center, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss the signs and treatment of smoldering myeloma.

PMMNG meetings are held the second Saturday of every month, 1:30-3:30 PM, at the RALSTON HOUSE, 3615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA (Near the University of Pennsylvania Campus). There is free parking behind Ralston House off of Ludlow Street.

Newcomers are especially welcome.

Donate to PMMNG with AmazonSmile

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The PMMNG has registered with AmazonSmile, which donates 0.5% of the price of all purchases made through Amazon to recognized charity organizations such as our own. Simply click the button on the right, or go directly to smile.amazon.com, to begin. Once you’ve signed into Amazon, select PMMNG in the available search field. That’s all there is to it!

For more details, click here.