Retired Football Player Elijah Alexander Attends International Cancer Conference...
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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 advice: "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 www.TMF58.com * American Society of Clinical Oncology The Tackle Myeloma Foundation Media: Jennifer Anderson, 212-918-4650 Copyright Business Wire 2008
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