Norwalk, Conn., October 18, 2021 — We are deeply saddened about the passing of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. He was an extraordinary leader and a friend to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). He was also a tireless champion for the cancer community, whom he inspired throughout his own fight against multiple myeloma. Secretary Powell lived a life of service that extended to his support of cancer research and our organization. We extend our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
While Secretary Powell was a patient himself and was vaccinated against COVID-19, the outcome of his situation should not deter other immunocompromised patients from working with their doctor to consider vaccination.
To help address questions that myeloma and other patients may have regarding vaccination, the MMRF has contributed critical funding to support research evaluating the best use of vaccines among these patients and strongly advocates for patients to take preventative measures to protect their health.
Myeloma patients and the elderly (over 65) are a vulnerable population to COVID-19. To support these individuals, the MMRF offers these tips and insights:
- Vaccination is recommended for myeloma patients in conjunction with extra precautions: Avoids crowds, social distance where possible, and wear a mask.
- Get a booster when eligible.
- Talk to your doctor to determine how best to reduce your risk of COVID-19.
The MMRF provides additional information and resources for patients here.
The MMRF Founder and Chief Mission Officer, Kathy Giusti, also provided insight on Secretary Powell’s legacy and multiple myeloma to The Daily Beast, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, and in an op-ed for CNN.com.