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Stars and new events – Myeloma UK Chief Executive blog – June 2018

June has been another busy month for Myeloma UK as we finish the first half of our Infodays and spread awareness during Myeloma Awareness Week.

Myeloma UK news // 28th June 2018

I would like to thank every one of our supporters who has helped to make this year’s Myeloma Awareness Week special. This money raised will go towards funding the Myeloma Infoline for another year, an important service for people affected by myeloma.

As a way to try and spread general awareness, we asked people to share messages of hope and care, tying together the themes of the Myeloma UK Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. We have had an incredible number of stars added to the website, from over 135 different countries, helping to light the way to a brighter tomorrow for myeloma patients and their families. You can read the messages left during Myeloma Awareness Week by visiting MyelomaStars.com.

I would also like to give a special thank you to patients Bob Munro and Lynne Dixon who, along with our Director of Research, Simon Ridley, helped to spread awareness through a series of radio interviews which happened across the UK on 21 June and helped us to kick off Myeloma Awareness Week.

Myeloma Awareness Week always highlights the great support we have from patients, supporters and partners in helping to educate people about myeloma. I am thrilled to see so many people engaging with Myeloma UK helping us work towards finding a cure.

We have been working very hard over the last few months on new Support Group Leader Events to help support and provide training to Group Leaders. We will also be taking this opportunity to celebrate our 21st Year and thank Support Group Leaders for their commitment to helping myeloma patients. These events will start at the end of August, with the first session taking place at the Myeloma UK offices in Edinburgh. Another three events are also scheduled until the end of the year in Dudley, Cardiff and Manchester. We will be personally inviting people to come along as we try out this new format. More information will be available soon.

The first six months of our 21st Year have been truly special, and we hope to continue to celebrate some fantastic milestones and share more plans for the future.

Best wishes
Rosemarie Finley
Chief Executive
Myeloma UK