The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) mourns the loss of board member Edward (“Eddie”) Jay Phillips, who, on April 8, 2011 died of multiple myeloma. Phillips, son of "Dear Abby" and creator of Belvedere Vodka, had battled multiple myeloma for nine years.
“Eddie Phillips was a wonderfully caring person and a phenomenal businessman. He will be sadly missed but always remembered for his pioneering leadership, his thoughtful guidance, and his kind and generous spirit. We extend our deepest sympathy to his parents and children, and his family and friends,” said Kathy Giusti, founder and CEO of the MMRF, and a multiple myeloma patient.
Phillips’ investment in the MMRF’s affiliate organization, the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium (MMRC), was a catalyst for the Consortium’s early success in accelerating early-stage clinical trials in multiple myeloma. Phillips, along with his family, took a lead role in fundraising efforts at the MMRF Race for Research.