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In Tribute of Kala Thaivalappil

Created by Pushpak Taunk

Kala Thaivalappil

Kala Thaivalappil was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in February 2019 and unexpectedly passed away in October 2019. Kala was tremendously giving and devoted her life to taking care of her family and friends. She had a huge heart and always believed in helping anyone in need. Despite months of enduring treatments for her myeloma, Kala never shed a tear and showed her strength with humor and optimism throughout the whole process. Even in the face of incredible sickness, she always thought of ways improve the lives of those around her. She was an inspiration to us all. It would be her wish to help others who have also been diagnosed with this terrible disease.

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), along with its research and medical industry partners, has fueled more studies, initiated more trials, developed more treatments, introduced more medicines, and have had a far greater impact than any other organization on myeloma. While the MMRF has made enormous progress, they still have much to do and cannot continue to do great research without your support.

Together we can make a difference.

About the MMRF:
A pioneer in precision medicine, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) seeks to find a cure for all multiple myeloma patients by relentlessly pursuing innovations that accelerate the development of precision treatments for cancer. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF has created the business model around cancer—from data to analytics to the clinic. The MMRF identifies barriers and then finds the solutions to overcome them, bringing in the best partners and aligning incentives in the industry to drive better outcomes for patients. Since its inception, the organization has collected thousands of samples and tissues, opened nearly 100 trials, helped bring 10 FDA-approved therapies to market, and built CoMMpass, the single largest genomic dataset for any cancer. Today, the MMRF is building on its legacy in genomics and is expanding into immune-oncology, as the combination of these two fields will be critical to making precision medicine possible for all patients. The MMRF has raised nearly $500 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. To learn more, visit

Matching Gifts
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Guest Book



1. Anonymous
In honor of our beloved Amma.
2. Supu Chechi, Jeyakody Chettan, And Children
We will never forget your smile and your concern for others. We will miss you deeply.
3. Nakkara Family
Chechi, "You will always be in our hearts".
4. Anonymous
5. James And Patricia Conley
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We didn't know Kala but she appears to have been inspiration to all.
6. Gadha And Ashok Kunnath
In loving memory of Kala! Dear Sasi, we are very saddened to hear of your loss, our thoughts ad prayers are with you and our family!
7. Sylvia C
In loving memories of Kala Thaivalappil.
8. Bini & Ajay
Kala Chechi was such a lovely person!! Deepest Condolences!! May her Soul Rest in Peace!! Sincerely, Bini & Ajay family
9. Pulidindi Family
Dear Uncle, Silpa, Gopi, and Ammumma, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Kala Aunty. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers
10. Julia And Brooks Owens
Silpa, We are by your side in the fight against this awful disease that has impacted both of our families so deeply. All our love, Julia and Brooks Owens

For a Tribute page created prior to January 2017, 
please contact Amy Crawford 652-0221. 
Thank you for your support.


For donations please mail to: 
P.O. Box 414238 
Boston, MA 02241-4238

MMRF Offices: 
383 Main Ave., 5th Floor 
Norwalk, CT 06851

The MMRF is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. 
Tax ID:06-1504413 
Your contribution is tax deductible.