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Head Of Norwalk Multiple Myeloma Foundation Wins Pair Of National Honors

Norwalk Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Founder and CEO Kathy Giusti recently received two national awards. Giusti is pictured receiving Research!America's Leadership Award from William N. Hait, a Research!America Board member.
Norwalk Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Founder and CEO Kathy Giusti recently received two national awards. Giusti is pictured receiving Research!America's Leadership Award from William N. Hait, a Research!America Board member. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation founder and CEO Kathy Giusti recently received two national awards.

Giusti, who lives in New Canaan, was recently named to FORTUNE Magazine’s first-ever “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” list, according to a press release. Giusti also recently received Research!America's 2014 Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award for advancing the research and treatment of multiple myeloma.

Other leaders named to the FORTUNE list include Pope Francis, Warren Buffet, former President Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.

“The MMRF congratulates Kathy on this achievement, and joins with her in thanking our outstanding collaborators, our patient community and all supporters for their steadfast partnership in the urgent pursuit of a cure,” said Walter M. Capone, President of the MMRF.

"In an era that feels starved for leadership, we’ve found men and women who will inspire you—some famous, others little known, all of them energizing their followers and making the world better," FORTUNE editors said in a press release. "On six continents—in business, government, the military, philanthropy, religion—we identified men and women, young and old, who are leading the way people want to be led."

William S. Dalton, director of The DeBartolo Family Personalized Medicine Institute, Moffitt Cancer Center and CEO, also praised Giusti.

“Kathy's contributions to multiple myeloma embody what a leader should stand for in this field as a champion of collaborative research tied to a visionary plan that has produced models to fight all types of cancers,” said Dalton. “Her ability to apply cutting-edge technology to collect, aggregate, and share big data has become the benchmark on how cancer research should be done now and into the future.”

Giusti received Research!America's 2014 Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award for advancing the research and treatment of multiple myeloma at the 2014 Advocacy Awards in Washington, D.C., according to a release.

“Giusti’s personal strength and perseverance have contributed greatly to the field of myeloma research and progress in finding new treatments to increase longevity and improve the quality of life for patients,” said Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America. “Her passion and drive to find cures has changed the landscape of cancer research for generations to come due to her foundation’s ability to create game changing models that are emulated by other organizations—in tissue banking, genomics, clinical trials and open access to big data."

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