At a General Meeting of the Suffolk County Legislature last November, Resolution 945-2018 was adopted (unanimously). The bill, sponsored by Muratore declares March as “Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month” in Suffolk County.
Multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells, is the third most common blood cancer in the United States. The disease causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2019 more than 32,110 new cases will have been diagnosed and about 12,960 deaths will occur from the disease. While there have been important advances in the last decade, there is still no cure for Multiple Myeloma.
“This bill is very personal to me because of my own experience,” stated Legislator Muratore, who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma several years ago and is currently in remission. “It is critical that medical professionals and the general public become acutely aware of the symptoms of multiple myeloma so that it can be diagnosed at an early stage. I wanted to designate March as “Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month” to increase the public’s understanding of the disease which can lead to more research, earlier treatments and, ultimately, more lives saved.”