Friday, July 13, 2007

Multiple Musicians Against Multiple Myeloma, This Sunday, 7/15

"Myeloma is one of the least understood cancers, and music is the universal language, so it's a perfect combination"
-- Lee Grayson

My late mentor/guitar teacher, a Long Island musician named Lee Grayson passed away from Multiple Myeloma in 2002 and Multiple Musicians Against Multiple Myeloma has a musical event (a non-profit which he started the year prior to his death) every year to raise money for the International Myeloma Foundation. Myeloma is a cancer similar to Leukemia, and they have yet to find a cure - hopefully stem cell research will prove useful, it seems like every day they are finding new things. I wish Lee was still around to see how far they have come.

Below I am posting the flyer and info about the event, which is held in Long Island, this Sunday, 7/15. It is an all-day event of music and raffles and merriment in the name of raising money to work towards a cure for this disease...a disease that took the life of one of the most amazing humans that I ever had the joy of knowing, and who helped create the person that I am today.

I will not be there - I have a family obligation that happens to fall on the same day, but anyone out in Long Island or who feels like making a trip out there for a good cause, I recommend it; you can also just go to their websites, listed below (both MMAMM and the Internation Myeloma Foundation) and you can just DONATE even a few dollars towards a wonderful cause.

Please help.

Sunday July 15 2007

The 6th Annual A Lee Grayson Production,
Multiple Musicians against Multiple Myeloma
an event to benefit the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF).

Make a donation on line today! Go to: MMAMM's page on the IMF site

Where: Tupelo Honey Restaurant
39 Roslyn Avenue, Sea Cliff NY
(516) 671-8300 or

When: Sunday July 15th, 2007 RAIN OR SHINE!
12:00 am - 6:00 pm

How: $20 minimum donation at the door
children 12 and under get in for free!

Who: Contact: Naomi Margolin or (516) 671-8300 for more info visit or

Why: Because Myeloma Sucks! A rare and incurable blood cancer counting for 1% of all cancers and 2% of all cancer deaths, all proceeds go to the International Myeloma Foundation รข?" dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients, their loved ones and caregivers through education, research, support and advocacy.

This is the same cancer that has been brought to the publics attention with the diagnosis of Geraldine Ferraro, Mel Stottlemyre, Don Baylor, Ann Landers, Louis Rukeyser and Long Islands very own Roy Scheider, and Peter Boyle. The second most prevalent blood cancer in the United States, Multiple Myeloma is a rare and incurable cancer counting for only 1% of all cancers yet 2% of all cancer deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, There will be about 19,900 new diagnoses this year in the United States, almost a 25% increase since 2005.

The IMF is a non-profit public corporation, a tax-exempt 501 (c )(3) organization in the state of California and is the oldest and largest myeloma organization in existence, reaching members in more than 100 countries worldwide. The IMF is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients, their loved ones, and caregivers through education, research, support and advocacy.

Lee Grayson, a Long Island musician and founder of this event, produced the first Multiple Musicians against Multiple Myeloma (MMAMM) several months before his death in 2002. His vision was to create an event that would not only raise money for the IMF but also create an environment where patients and caregivers could come together to share information and offer support to one another.

MMAMM is an all day-music festival perfect for the whole family featuring a line-up of some of Long Islands finest musicians. With at least 8 bands performing there is something for everyone including raffles, auction items, face painters and great food!

The IMF is able to achieve its mission thanks to the compassionate concern and generous support of private individuals, corporations, foundations and community events.

To date, MMAMM has raised over $100,000 for the IMF. We still need your help to make this years event a success.

**Please mail all donated items or checks to:
MMAMM c/o Tupelo Honey Restaurant 39 Roslyn Avenue, Sea Cliff NY 11579
**Please make all checks payable to: The International Myeloma Foundation
**Your support is tax deductible according to the non-profit 501(c)(3) code. The IMF's Federal Tax ID number is 95-4296919.


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