The North Texas Myeloma Support Group - Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

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The North Texas Myeloma Support Group

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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize The North Texas Myeloma Support Group as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honoree at the 2017 MMRF Team for Cures: Dallas 5K Walk/Run.

The North Texas Myeloma Support Group

Posted April 2017

The North Texas Myeloma Support Group was founded in 1996 with the goal to create and share hope with myeloma patients, caregivers, family and friends through education, support, and their personal experiences. They have about 200 members on their mailing list, with 30-50 attending meetings at Baylor Sammons Center the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 – 1. Group members have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers and update each other on their conditions and treatments. The group discusses new trials that many members are participating in and new information concerning research being done by the MMRF, the IMF, LLS and the local medical centers. The North Texas group participates in local 5k races, fundraisers, webinars and more. A monthly newsletter is sent out after each meeting to members with minutes and upcoming events.

“It’s been a godsend for support, education and encouragement.” -Patrick Beal a member of the North Texas Myeloma Support Group

The North Texas Myeloma Support Group is for myeloma patients and their spouses, caregivers, loved ones, significant others, family members and friends. Diagnosed in 2002, Patrick Beal sought out as many resources as he could find for information and support. Patrick’s support system, his husband Mike Rodriguez, family and friends remind him of the value of each day and the relationships that are a part of each one. Patrick has found strength in his involvement with the North Texas Support group. Specifically, that of the late founder of the support group, Peter Tischler. Peter was an early pioneer in the idea of an informed myeloma patient and being one’s own best advocate in the healthcare arena.

“Peter organized and did so much for our group– including those around the world through his posts –that it took 5 members to replace him after his untimely passing. His wife, Lucy, was also an integral part of not just his life and family, but also of the North Texas Myeloma Support Group as well.” – Patrick Beal

The North Texas Myeloma Support group invites you to join them as they share support, comfort, information and friendship. For more information, visit the North Texas Myeloma Support group’s website www.northtexas.myeloma.org/ . Give them a call at 972-504-6307 or email northtexas@myeloma.org. Your myeloma journey is made easier by the company you keep.

The MMRF works tirelessly to find a cure to extend the lives of patients, just like Patrick and is proud to honor the North Texas Myeloma Support Group as the 2017 recipient of the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award. This award is given at every MMRF 5K Walk/Run event to a person or team who inspires hope and shows extraordinary commitment to the MMRF. Members of the North Texas Myeloma Support Group have touched the myeloma community with their strength of character, their kindness, and their embodiment of hope.