Retired Football Player Elijah Alexander Attends International Cancer Conference...

Mon Jun 2, 2008 6:23pm EDT

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Retired Football Player Elijah Alexander Attends International Cancer Conference to Encourage Young Patients

   --Elijah and 15-Year-Old Football Fan with Cancer Offer Hope and
                      Inspiration to Each Other--
DALLAS & CHICAGO--(Business Wire)--
The Tackle Myeloma Foundation (TMF) says its founder, cancer
survivor Elijah Alexander, is in Chicago to meet with international
cancer experts and fellow patients during the premier global cancer
meeting, ASCO.* The 37-year-old retired Oakland Raiders linebacker was
diagnosed with the blood cancer multiple myeloma when he was just 35
years old. Today he is on a new type of cancer drug, REVLIMID(R), a
pill he can take at home that tackles the cancer without the penalties
of chemotherapy. Elijah wants to share his good fortune with other
cancer survivors.

   "Cancer doesn't have to mean you are sent to the sidelines," said
Elijah. "Sometimes you have to take life just ten yards at a time, but
we're blowing the whistle on giving up while there's still time for
another play."

   Two Cancers - One Battle

   While in Chicago, Elijah met with 15-year-old Ryan Davidson of Sun
Prairie, Wisconsin, who also has cancer. Although their specific
cancers are different - Ryan has brain cancer - they share the same
drug treatment.

   Ryan is a big football fan, and he, his father and Elijah met in
Chicago's Millennium Park during the conference where Elijah presented
Ryan with an autographed football. In return, because he has had more
experience with cancer than Elijah, Ryan decided to offer him some

   "Fight on!" says Ryan, who was first diagnosed with cancer when he
was six years old. "That's the motto of my favorite college team, The
USC Trojans, and the first step to getting through this is as simple
as, fight on!"

   To which Elijah adds: "Our Tackle Myeloma Foundation also has a
new motto: 'Losing is not an option.'"

   On a personal note, having been through surgery and radiation for
brain cancer three times, Ryan wishes Sen. Kennedy the best with his
surgery today. And his family, Elijah and everyone associated with
this press release add, "Fight on! Losing is not an option."

   About the Tackle Myeloma Foundation - Elijah founded and heads the
Tackle Myeloma Foundation (TMF), which is dedicated to providing
assistance in finding a cure for multiple myeloma by financially
supporting research programs. TMF will also provide financial
assistance to families with children affected by cancer to help with
medical costs. Proceeds go to the International Myeloma Foundation
(IMF), the Medical City Dallas Children's Oncology department, and
select organizations that share our common goals of curing cancer and
helping children fighting the disease. TMF is headquartered in Dallas,
TX. More information is available at

   * American Society of Clinical Oncology

The Tackle Myeloma Foundation
Jennifer Anderson, 212-918-4650

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