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Sports Legends and Broadcast Personalities Headline Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation's 13TH Annual Fall Gala


Scott Hamilton, Hoda Kotb and Boomer Esiason Join Premier Fundraising Event for Foundation?s Innovative Research Portfolio

Norwalk, CT — September 14, 2009

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) today announced that American figure skating legend and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton will serve as Master of Ceremonies at the 13th Annual MMRF Fall Gala, on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, Conn. This will mark Hamilton’s second appearance at the annual Gala. Hamilton received the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award in 2002.

“We are thrilled that Scott, a dear friend and generous supporter of the MMRF, will join us as Master of Ceremonies this year, said Kathy Giusti, founder and CEO of the MMRF and 13-year multiple myeloma survivor. “His commitment to advance cancer research is truly incredible and is matched only by his extraordinary ability to reach and inspire other patients and families living with cancer with his personal triumph over with metastatic brain cancer.”

Following a successful Olympic and professional career in figure skating, Hamilton was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1997. His inspiring recovery and skating comeback was capped with a CBS Television Network Special “Scott Hamilton, Back on Ice.”

“I have proudly supported the MMRF work for many years, and it is a tremendous honor to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the 13th Annual MMRF Fall Gala,” said Hamilton. “Their approach to cancer research – with its focus on speed and results – is a model for other groups to follow and will no doubt result in the faster development of new treatments.”

The MMRF will also be honoring Hoda Kotb, co-anchor of “TODAY” and “NBC Dateline” correspondent, 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.

“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 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 Esiason.

The MMRF Fall Gala is the largest and most prominent fundraising event in Connecticut’s Fairfield County. 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