Mambo For Multiple Myeloma Or How To Improve Awareness, Save Life, and Fund Research

Everyone knows how successful the Ice Bucket Challenge has been for ALS, and I was one of the thousands who took the challenge and contributed.    If you want to see a grown man yell you can see my replay if you CLICK HERE.  Most people have heard of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease,  even before the ice bucket challenge.  Now after the challenge almost everyone has heard of it and they are on their way to obtaining $100 million or more to help to find the cure for ALS. ALS has 5600 newly diagnosed each year and everyone know about this terrible disease, however Multiple Myeloma has 23,000 newly diagnosed each year and 95% of people have never heard of the disease.   One in Five patients die within the first 2 months of diagnosis, mainly from a delayed diagnosis and lack of knowledge about myeloma.   Dana Holmes is determined to try to duplicate the success of ALS for myeloma  has just recently started a challenge called Mambo for Multiple Myeloma Myeloma.  

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Dana, all of us with this disease thank you for your efforts to bring awareness to the general population, and to provide a method to fund research for a cure.  Like I mentioned to you, I would sky dive for myeloma, if it any any way could help to promote a cure, and move our  average life expectancy beyond the current 4 years.  You can participate in the Mambo Challenge if you CLICK HERE.

Dana has posted the following about the challenge.

HELP US INCREASE AWARENESS for MULTIPLE MYELOMA TODAY by JOINING our MAMBO FOR MYELOMA AWARENESS DANCE CHALLENGE INITIATIVE. DANCE the MAMBO (do it SOLO or as a GROUP), RAISE A SIGN, take and post a VIDEO, a PHOTO or a SELFIE and CHALLENGE OTHERS to do the same! SHARE our page with as many as you can.

You DO NOT NEED DANCE SKILLS, freestyle if you like to the music, creative interpretation works too! (Don’t worry about the “right” dance steps, they really won’t matter, but the awareness will). Don’t know how to MAMBO? Check out some of the videos we posted on the page. Remember, no 2 people have to MAMBO alike! 

Do you know anyone with MULTIPLE MYELOMA? Don’t be surprised if you don’t as it is a RARE, NOT YET CURABLE CANCER of the BONE MARROW PLASMA CELLS. Plasma cells are a type of blood cell made in the bone marrow that are responsible for making antibodies that help protect from infection.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE! Awareness is key for a rare disease. Awareness matters. Increasing awareness will help us get closer to finding a cure.

MULTIPLE MYELOMA is the 2nd most common blood cancer. Approximately 60,000 people in the United States have MULTIPLE MYELOMA and more than 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Worldwide, more than 210,000 people are living with MULTIPLE MYELOMA and approximately 100,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.

THIS CHALLENGE IS EASY TO DO…. you’ll need a SIGN as not many will have ever heard of MULTIPLE MYELOMA….take your PHOTO and post it when you challenge others…If you choose to do a VIDEO you can announce the challenge in your video and announce the names of who you challenge (or you can put that in a written comment once you post the video)….you will need MAMBO music (use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop and use one of the music videos we posted here)…remember, you DO NOT NEED DANCE SKILLS, freestyle if you like to the music, creative interpretation works too ! (the “right” dance steps really won’t matter, but the awareness will) …..you could add a feather boa or go for a full costume if you like…and finally, you NEED TO HAVE FUN. 

Then post that photo or video (you can even upload your video to YouTube if you like, we will look for them and highlight a few on our page each week!! Be sure to tag it as MAMBO FOR MYELOMA so we can find them) and keep the challenge going long and strong!! AWARENESS IS KEY FOR THIS RARE CANCER. Awareness Matters.

SO GET READY AND TURN UP THE MAMBO MUSIC (use some of the MAMBO music found right here on our page, play it on your Smartphones !!), don your feather boas and/or your best mambo dance outfit and get moving! Once you have MAMBOED, be sure to post a VIDEO or a PHOTO to challenge your family, friends, colleagues and competitors to do the same!

You can MAMBO solo, or you can MAMBO as a group, JUST AS LONG AS YOU MAMBO! CREATE YOUR OWN SPECIAL STEPS IF YOU WOULD LIKE, JUST MAMBO AND HAVE FUN! FEEL FREE TO INJECT SOME FREESTYLE FLAIR AND MAKE IT YOUR OWN!

HELP US RAISE AWARENESS for MULTIPLE MYELOMA TODAY BY DANCING THE MAMBO AND SHARING YOUR VIDEO OR PHOTO! 

DO WE SEE A MAMBO FLASH MOB FOR MULTIPLE MYELOMA AWARENESS IN OUR FUTURE ??

If you CAN’T DO A VIDEO, no problem ! Just TAKE A PHOTO and include a sign which announces you completed the challenge. Include your photo in your post to challenge your family, etc. and remember to include a link to our Facebook Page so they can choose to do a video or a photo! Doing a SOLO MAMBO? Just take and post a SELFIE!

PLEASE be sure to INCLUDE a “sign” IN YOUR PHOTO with the words:

I JUST DID THE MAMBO FOR MULTIPLE MYELOMA. I NOW CHALLENGE YOU TO DO THE SAME !!

But if you would rather not dance you can still help us to raise awareness about MULTIPLE MYELOMA by JUST sharing the challenge with your friends, family, colleagues and competitors. Just post and share the link to our Facebook Page so others can initiate the MAMBO for MYELOMA AWARNESS DANCE CHALLENGE to keep moving it forward! 

Here is the link to this page…

https://www.facebook.com/pages/MAMBO-for-MYELOMA-Awarenesss-DANCE-Challenge-Starts-HERE/1458033874458925?sk=timeline

Another option is to consider donating instead to one of the MULTIPLE MYELOMA research foundations/organizations who are trying to find the cure, but we would still appreciate your sharing the challenge to keep moving it forward. Awareness is key! 

If you choose to do a video, PLEASE be sure to INCLUDE a “sign” IN YOUR VIDEO with the words:

WE CHALLENGE YOU TO MAMBO FOR MULTIPLE MYELOMA AWARENESS !!

In your video, be sure to TELL those you challenge ….

“WE CHALLENGE YOU TO MAMBO FOR MULTIPLE MYELOMA AWARENESS AND TO SHARE YOUR VIDEO. NOW PLEASE CHALLENGE YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, COLLEAGUES AND COMPETITORS TO DO THE SAME !!

WE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE YOU MAMBO FOR MYELOMA AWARENESS !!

BUT, IF YOU DON’T LIKE TO DANCE, PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING THE CHALLENGE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS OR CONSIDER DONATING TO ONE OF THE MULTIPLE MYELOMA RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS/ORGANIZATIONS….

AND REMEMBER, YOU CAN ALWAYS DO BOTH.. NOW GET READY TO MAMBO FOR MYELOMA AWARENESS !! “

You can share links to the Multiple Myeloma research foundations on your signs if you like, or just share the names of the research foundations in your video. Whatever works best for you!

For those who would rather not dance but still will share the challenge with your friends, family, colleagues and competitors to help raise awareness about Multiple Myeloma, THANK YOU ! Just post and share the link to our Facebook Page so others can initiate the MAMBO for MYELOMA AWARNESS DANCE CHALLENGE to keep moving it forward! But we sure would like to see a PHOTO at least !

For those who would rather donate to the MULTIPLE MYELOMA research foundations/organizations rather than dance the MAMBO, THANK YOU ! THEY ARE TRYING TO FIND THE CURE !! But don’t stop here! Remember to still share the challenge by posting a link to our Facebook page.

And for those of you who would like to dance AND donate, we thank you 

THANK YOU FOR RAISING AWARENESS FOR MULTIPLE MYELOMA! Awareness Matters.

For more information about MULTIPLE MYELOMA or to donate to the research foundations/organizations, please visit: (actual links to official websites can be easily accessed in the comments section below this main message)

THE CROWDCARE FOUNDATION – THE MULTIPLE MYELOMA FUND
http://www.crowdcare.org/ 

THE INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION (IMF)
The IMF InfoLine 800-452-CURE (2873)
http://myeloma.org/Main.action

MULTIPLE MYELOMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION (MMRF)
MMRF Patient Support Center (866) 603-6628
MMRF General Information & Donations (203) 229-0464
http://www.themmrf.org/

Good luck and may God Bless your Cancer Journey.   For more information on multiple myeloma survival rates and treatments CLICK HERE and you can follow me on twitter at: https://twitter.com/grpetersen1