The Black Myeloma Health Initiative Director, Marsha Calloway-Campbell joins the NorthEast Chapter to share about the initiative's mission and goals and what you can do to support healthcare equality locally. We will also share what we are doing to spread myeloma awareness in the NorthEast region, and what resources we have for Spanish-speaking patients and caregivers. We care deeply about providing an equal opportunity for all to receive personalized care that is right for them!
Marsha's dedication to bringing awareness and education to our communities is personal. She is a caregiver to her husband who has multiple myeloma and has witnessed the blessing of a supportive village as her family continues to navigate this journey. She's led to give back and to do all that she can to help other families obtain the knowledge that will empower and enlighten them regarding myeloma. Prayerfully, this knowledge will lead to the best possible care which, in turn, will facilitate the best possible outcomes. 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.
Audrey joined the HealthTree Foundation as the Myeloma Community Program Director in 2020. While not knowing much about myeloma at the start, she has since worked hard to educate herself, empathize and learn from others' experiences. She loves this job. Audrey is passionate about serving others, loves learning, and enjoys a nice mug of hot chocolate no matter the weather.
Sofia Capdevila is the Marketing Coordinator at the HealthTree Foundation. She works closely with program leads to create materials that provide help and support for myeloma patients. Born in Mexico City, she is committed to helping all patients dealing with Social Determinants of Health issues and connecting those patients to adequate resources.
Michael was 51 years old when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2011. He had his autologous stem cell transplant later that same year. Post-transplant, he said it took about three months before he felt well enough to return to work full-time as a department store manager. Today, Michael is retired and says life is great. “There’s always a silver lining," he said, “you just have to find it.” Michael finds his joy in walking - a favorite form of exercise that, he says, “clears the mind.” He enjoys time with his wife and children and looks forward to spring each year when he can grow his hybrid peonies.
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