My father, Stephen Pettit, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2001, the second most common blood cancer that is currently incurable. After a courageous fight he lost his battle in Feb. 2004. This year in his honor we will be hosting the First Annual Stephen R. Pettit Golf Tournament at The Links at Dardenne on October 13th, 2012to benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). The MMRF is one of the nation’s most groundbreaking cancer research organizations, and provide treatments that not only extended my father’s life, but those of myeloma patients around the globe.
About the MMRF:
•· The MMRF was established in 1998 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, soon after Kathy’s diagnosis with multiple myeloma. In 2011, TIME Magazinerecognized Kathy as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
•· As the world’s number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF has raised over $200 million since its inception tofund nearly 120 laboratories worldwide, including 70 new compounds and approaches in clinical trials and pre-clinical studies and has facilitated more than 40 clinical trials through its affiliate organization, the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC) – in 2011, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Ravi Vij, MD, were awarded the 2011 MMRC Center of the Year Award. The MMRC Center of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of an MMRC Member Institution and its respective principal investigator in advancing the field of multiple myeloma research and drug development.
•· Hole Sponsor: $125 (sponsoring the hole) – will have a sheet added to score card with list of sponsors for each hole
•· Gift Bag Sponsor: $250, logo on gift bag and inclusion of literature
•· Gift Sponsor: inclusion of products or coupons for services to add to gift bags (QTY: 80)
•· Silent Auction Sponsor: items to be donated for silent auction
I am reaching out to you, as a community leader and business owner, to join me in supporting this exceptional organization in advancing its mission. As the world’s number-one private funder of multiple myeloma research, the MMRF directs an outstanding 90% of total budget directly to research and related programming. Funds raised at events supporting the MMRF have made a meaningful difference – helping to bring multiple myeloma patients five new treatments that have more than doubled survival.
The work of the MMRF has greatly affected treatment for patients, and I hope that you will consider sponsoring this event to help fight cancer. If you are interested in any of the sponsorship opportunities, please contact my sister-in-law, Lynze Pettit at 314-435-2635.
Michael S. Pettit