Hoda Kotb and Boomer Esiason to join Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) at 13th Annual Fall Gala

Premier Fundraising Event to Advance Foundation's Innovative Research Portfolio

Norwalk, CT — August 3, 2009

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) will honor Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of "TODAY" and "NBC Dateline" correspondent, at the 13th Annual MMRF Fall Gala, scheduled to be held Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Conn., with the Spirit of Hope Award for her outstanding efforts to raise cancer awareness through the telling of her personal journey with breast cancer. Boomer Esiason, former NFL Quarterback and "NFL Today" analyst, will deliver the evening's keynote address.

"The MMRF is delighted to welcome both Hoda Kotb and Boomer Esiason to the MMRF Fall Gala and to recognize their amazing efforts to advocate on behalf of families living with cancer and other life-threatening diseases," said MMRF Founder and CEO Kathy Giusti, a 13-year multiple myeloma survivor. "Their ability to speak publicly and from the heart about the need to advance medical research and, ultimately, cures means more to patients and their families than they will ever know and is an inspiration to us all."

Funds raised at the MMRF Fall Gala, scheduled to be held Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Conn., will directly support the MMRF's portfolio of research programs developed to advance the next generation of treatments and find a cure for multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer. The MMRF Fall Gala is the largest and most prominent fundraising event in Connecticut's Fairfield County.

"It is an incredible honor to be recognized by the MMRF, an organization that is truly a model for how more effective cancer treatments can be brought to patients as quickly as possible. As someone who understands firsthand the urgency with which cancer patients and their families live, I salute the MMRF's efforts and proudly support them as they lead the charge in delivering patients the next generation of treatments," said Ms. Kotb, a breast cancer survivor.

"The MMRF has done an amazing job accelerating the pace at which critical research is advanced and bringing patients new treatments that are already extending lives. It is a true honor to join them at their 13th Annual Fall Gala and to be part of their continued progress," said Mr. Esiason.

To purchase tickets, donate an auction item or join a committee, please contact the MMRF at (203) 652-0225

About the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF)

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy's diagnosis with multiple myeloma. The mission of the MMRF is to relentlessly pursue innovative means that accelerate the development of next-generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. As the world's number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $120 million since its inception to fund nearly 100 laboratories worldwide. An outstanding 93 percent of funds raised go toward research and related programming. The MMRF has supported 40 new compounds and approaches in clinical trials and pre- clinical studies and has facilitated 19 clinical trials through its sister organization, the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC). For more information about the MMRF, visit www.www.themmrf.org.

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Anne Walker
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