The Staten Island Multiple Myeloma Support Group was founded by Laura and Charles Mooney on January 9, 2013.
As native islanders we organized this group to gather fellow residents who have been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma to meet with the goal of coping well with this disease. To share, heal and inspire.
The group also honors the first responders of 9/11, many of whom are Staten Island residents, who instead of running away from dangerous ash clouds that enveloped the streets of Manhattan, ran toward them in the hopes that they would be able to help save lives.
There are three papers published in the British journal The Lancet on September 1, 2011 evaluating nearly 10,000 male fire department personnel. The study affirms the toxic impact of the 9/11 exposures and the increased occurrence of lung problems, as well as a range of other medical problems including cancer. Unfortunately, myeloma has been occurring in not just men but also in young women (which is very unusual for myeloma) who were first responders.