Mike Katz was the longest living myeloma patient I’ve ever met; I believe it has been 25 years since he was first diagnosed.
I met Mike at my first ASH six years ago. A mainstay at International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) events, Mike worked tirelessly for the group, pressing on even when he wasn’t feeling good.
Mike was a big guy with an even bigger smile. I remember watching him and wondering what his secret was. To live that long gave so many of us hope. Did I mention he never had a stem cell transplant? That inspired a lot of us, too.
Not sure why; other 20+ year survivors I’ve known have all had allogeniec stem cell transplants. The IMF’s website just posted this on their homepage:
With profound sadness we mourn the passing of Michael Katz, our dear friend, colleague and champion of myeloma patients.
Sad news indeed- Pat