"Doctor, could this be multiple myeloma?"
This is a question that African Americans aren't asking because most have no knowledge that such a disease even exists! Awareness of multiple myeloma is extremely low in the Black community even though we are 2-3 times more likely to be diagnosed with this blood cancer. Additionally, African Americans generally present with multiple myeloma 4 years younger than their Caucasian counterparts.
Our 2nd Annual Virtual 5K/1Mile hopes to spotlight this disease in an effort to spread awareness and education in our Black/African American communities.
This event will happen on August 12-13th. You're free to get it done anytime over the weekend.
Let's have fun! Because this is a virtual event, plan the activity that suits you best. Here are some ideas: bike, hike, walk, run, swim, use a treadmill/stationary bike, walk in the pool, in the park, or even march in place if you so choose!! We'd love to see pictures of how you participated in the event.
Each participant will receive a Black Myeloma 5k T-Shirt and wristband.
Black myeloma patients typically have lower risk myeloma at diagnosis and can have better outcomes than Caucasians IF treated equally. This equal treatment will lead to overcoming disparities and inequities in healthcare related to misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis for Black patients.
Awareness and education about the disease can go a long way in becoming one's own best advocate when dealing with such disparities.
Join us in spreading the word about myeloma. This is another disease that African Americans are disproportionately affected by, and we MUST collectively ensure that this population obtains their best possible outcomes with multiple myeloma. The HealthTree Foundation is committed to doing our part. Please join us to bring awareness.
If you're interested in joining our Black Myeloma Health Community, you can sign up here: Black Myeloma Health Community Chapter
If you'd like to keep up with the latest Black Myeloma Health news and volunteer opportunities, click here: Black Myeloma Health Website
about the author
Marsha Calloway-Campbell - Marsha is a caregiver to her husband who has multiple myeloma. Although a lawyer and consultant, Marsha finds time to work with the myeloma community all while enjoying time with her husband, 3 adult daughters and young grandson. She’s passionate about helping and empowering others.