Mayo Clinic Program Chair to Present

NORWALK, Conn. & SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and Arizona Myeloma

Network (AzMN) will hold their first joint MMRF Patient Summit in

Scottsdale, AZ on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The Patient Summit is a free

educational program designed to help patients and caregivers learn more

about multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer, and how to

optimize their journey with the disease. Program Chair P. Leif

Bergsagel, MD from the Mayo Clinic, will be joined by multiple myeloma

experts who will discuss treatment options for all stages of the

disease, clinical trials, and management of symptoms and side effects.

The agenda will cover a myeloma disease overview, caregivers, front line

therapy, stem cell transplantation, relapsed/refractory disease,

immunotherapy, supportive care options, and hot topics in multiple

myeloma. This free educational program will be held on Saturday, March 24th

from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM at the Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch,

7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Visit

to register or contact Beth Ann Karlehag at

Arizona Myeloma Network, a 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits,

delivers free Cancer Education to myeloma patients, as well as all

cancer caregivers and their families. AzMN’s goal is to build healthier

communities through advocacy, collaboration, and education.

“At the MMRF, we recognize that patient-powered collaboration is the

key to combatting this disease and improving outcomes. Educating

patients is the best way to empower them to work together with their

care team on therapy decisions, donation of their data, and

participation in clinical trials. We are thrilled to be able to partner

with the Arizona Myeloma Network to bring this joint program to

Scottsdale and the surrounding communities. Uniting together with the

myeloma community, raising awareness and funding, we can accelerate

toward a cure,” said Mary DeRome, Director Medical Communications

and Education.

Barbara Kavanagh, MSW, President & CEO of AzMN said, “When my

husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma 26 years ago, we were

devastated and felt so alone. We had no idea of how to battle

this devastating cancer and decided to try and learn all we could about

treatment. We started the Arizona Myeloma Network to share this

knowledge with others. Collaborating with outstanding cancer

facilities and organizations such as the MMRF, we can help to improve

the quality of life for both patients and their family of caregivers.

That is why we launched the Cancer Caregivers Education Program™

(CCEP®). Our mission promises to educate cancer caregivers for

their wellbeing and improved patient outcomes.”

About Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a cancer of the plasma cell. It is the second

most common blood cancer. An estimated 30,770 adults (16,400 men and

14,370 women) in the United States will be diagnosed with MM in 2018 and

an estimated 12,770 people are predicted to die from the disease. The

five-year survival rate for MM is approximately 49.6%, versus 31% in


About the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)

The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to

find a cure for multiple myeloma by relentlessly pursuing innovation

that accelerates the development of next-generation treatments to extend

the lives of patients. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple

myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c) (3)

nonprofit organization, the MMRF is a world-recognized leader in cancer

research. Together with its partners, the MMRF has created the only

end-to-end solution in precision medicine and the single largest genomic

dataset in all cancers. The MMRF continues to disrupt the industry

today, as a pioneer and leader at the helm of new research efforts.

Since its inception, the organization has raised over $400 million and

directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs.

To learn more, visit

About Arizona Myeloma Network (AzMN)

Founded by Barbara Kavanagh in 2004, AzMN is a 501(c)(3) non-profit FIN

32-0169742 and its mission is to promote education, awareness and

advocacy for the improved treatment and quality of life for Multiple

Myeloma and other cancer patients, all cancer caregivers, and their

families. AzMN organizes quarterly cancer caregiver and patient

education conferences every year with the help of public donations and

corporate sponsorships. “Lunchtime talks” are designed for the workplace

and other community organizations. The Spring Cancer Caregivers

Conference will be on Saturday, April 28, 2018. A faculty of cancer and

healthcare professionals will share information and resources to guide

attendees on “How to Help a Loved One Deal with Side Effects.” For more

information on free cancer education programs visit

Contact Barbara Kavanagh, President/CEO; 20280 N 59th Ave,

Suite 115 #448, Glendale, AZ 85308-6850; Phone 623-466-6246; Email



Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Beth Ann


Senior Marketing Manager




Myeloma Network

Barbara Kavanagh, M.S.W.

Founder & CEO