The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by identical twin sisters Kathy Giusti and Karen Andrews soon after Kathy’s diagnosis of multiple myeloma. Kathy’s need was urgent. She was looking for a cure.
The medical research model has long been built upon a system of competition for funding (grants) and accolades (publishing). This wasn't working well for Kathy Giusti. When she was diagnosed, no treatment had been developed for multiple myeloma in decades, and what was available wasn't very effective.