Matt Damon Wants You to Donate to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
“Cancer sucks. It just sucks.”
Cambridge-native Matt Damon’s father is currently in remission from multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in plasma cells—which helps to fight infections by making antibodies—and causes these cells to produce abnormal proteins that can cause kidney problems, rather than helpful antibodies. At this time, multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer.
Damon’s dad was treated at Mass General, and now, the 44-year-old Oscar-winning actor is featured in a new film that raises awareness for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. The foundation’s only mission is to find a cure, and it works to aggressively fund research in order to develop new treatments. So far, their work has paid off. The foundation has established a multi-center tissue bank with more than 4,000 samples and is working to map the multiple myeloma genome.
The foundation hopes that Damon’s spots will help raise awareness and hopefully, some funds. In the video, Damon is clearly distraught. (Yes, he’s a great actor but some things you just can’t fake.) He says that cancer sucks. But with this particular form of cancer, “There’s a lot of hope, and a lot of things on the horizon, but it needs support.”
Watch Damon’s plea below: