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Fall Cancer Benefit To Honor Stevie Wonder

Music icon Stevie Wonder will be honored by the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation with its Spirit of Hope Award at this year’s annual fall gala in Greenwich.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the MMRF — an organization that has helped so many families affected by multiple myeloma,” said Wonder, whose first wife Syreeta Wright lost her battle with breast cancer. “Cancer has touched someone in all of our lives. It is my hope that, by continuing to raise awareness and research funds through events like this, we can play a role in helping the MMRF bring patients new treatments that will extend their lives.”

Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer. The five-year relative survival rate for the disease is about 38 percent, one of the lowest of all cancers. In 2010, more than 20,000 adults in the United States were estimated to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma and 11,000 people died from it.

The foundation pursues innovative ways to accelerate the development of next-generation treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. It is the world’s No. 1 private funder of multiple myeloma research. Since its 1998 inception, the foundation has raised more than $160 million.

Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and New York Times bestselling author Deborah Norville will host as mistress of ceremonies for the 10th year.

The gala, set for Oct. 29 in Greenwich, is the largest fundraising event in Fairfield County. All funds raised will support the development of next-generation treatments for multiple myeloma. To reserve a table for the gala, donate an auction item or join the planning committee, email or call 888-584-5463.

Will you attend the gala? Do you know anyone whose life has been impacted by multiple myeloma?

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