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Chicago Cubs Manager Dusty Baker Presented with the Spirit of Hope Award by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation


New Canaan, Conn. — April 15, 2004
Bonnie Hunt, star of "Life With Bonnie," Hosted the Evening

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation last night presented Chicago Cubs Manager Dusty Baker with the Spirit of Hope Award at The Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The event raised nearly $600,000 for the Foundation.

"Dusty Baker is a cancer survivor and a champion of endurance and hope," says Kathy Giusti, president of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). "By promoting a positive outlook toward recovery, Dusty has helped thousands of cancer patients through his efforts to raise awareness of the disease's devastating effects." Dusty recently learned about multiple myeloma when his friend, New York Mets bench coach Don Baylor was diagnosed with the disease last March.

Upon accepting the award, Dusty shared his own experiences dealing with cancer and "staying in the game" with the help and support of family, friends and the medical community and organizations like the MMRF. Dusty was joined by his Chicago Cubs General Manager, Jim Hendry, and coaching staff to celebrate his award.

Chicago-born Bonnie Hunt, actor, director and producer of the hit comedy show "Life With Bonnie" and recently seen in the hit movie "Cheaper by the Dozen," emceed last night's event. While her witty humor was present throughout the evening, Bonnie realized the seriousness of bringing attention to multiple myeloma and other cancers. Bonnie also shared her life experience at Northwestern University Hospital, where she served as an oncology nurse while pursuing her acting and comedic career. Bonnie currently serves as a member of the MMRF's Honorary Board of Directors.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation was founded in 1998 by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti with the unique mission of accelerating the search for a cure for multiple myeloma. Today, the MMRF is the world's number-one private funder of myeloma specific research. To date, the MMRF has raised more than $50 million to fund over 100 grants awards at 46 institutions worldwide. This year alone, the MMRF will fund $5 million in grant awards through its research grants program, one of only nine such programs accredited by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

The MMRF supports innovative research efforts in the most promising areas of multiple myeloma, with a particular focus on genomics and targeted therapies. Recognizing the importance of a team approach to science, the MMRF is committed to building collaborations among academia, pharmaceutical companies and biotech firms, and the NCI to improve therapeutic treatments for multiple myeloma patients.

As a volunteer driven organization, 93 percent of funds raised by the MMRF directly support critical myeloma research and related programming. The MMRF's exceptional fiscal management in unmatched and has earned the Foundation a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and approval by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability. The MMRF is the world's only non-profit organization to have attained both prestigious recognitions in addition to NCI-accreditation. To learn more about the MMRF, visit www.themmrf.org.

For more information or to obtain a digital copy of the photo, please contact Elizabeth Zortman, Environics Communications, 203-325-8772, 28 or ezortman@environics-usa.com.

For information, contact:
Anne Quinn Young, MMRF, 203-652-0212, quinnyoung@www.themmrf.org