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Multiple Myeloma Patient Elijah Alexander’s Tackle Cancer Foundation

Posted on February 19 2010 by Pat Killingsworth | 3,121 views

Earlier today I posted part of an article about Mayo Clinic’s use of a mobile research unit to try and reach minorities with multiple myeloma in Jacksonville, Florida.  A friend of mine, former NFL linebacker and multiple myeloma survivor Elijah Alexander, is also trying to reach forgotten African Americans with multiple myeloma on a larger scale.  His Tackle Cancer Foundation (TCF), started a minority outreach program in Dallas, Texas, a number of years ago.  It has now grown into a national program which includes other cancer patients as well.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the unfortunate statistics, multiple myeloma is most common among African Americans, especially men–yet they tend to recieve less advanced treatment–and have shorter average survival rates than whites.  I spoke with Elijah and his wife, Kimberly, last fall about how important it is to reach-out to inner city minority populations to try and reverse this trend. Go to:

http://tacklecancerfoundation.org/

to learn more.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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