Joseph Gilbert Aguilera (“Joe”), 63, of Marietta, GA passed away on April 16th, 2019. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten.
A beloved husband, father, brother, teacher, and friend. Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Joe immigrated to the United States at the age of 7 to complete his education. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school and was deployed to Giessen, Germany where he met his beautiful bride, Carmen. Later they moved back to the United States and settled in Georgia where they were blessed with their child, Vanessa. Joe was an International Executive for Magliner Inc., the world’s leading manufacturer of route distribution solutions. He spoke 5 languages (English, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Italian), which allowed him to spend his life traveling the world making friends from many different nations and cultures. The last several years of his life, Joe was a TESOL and Spanish professor at Kennesaw State University where he spent his time mentoring students from all over the world and investing in them deeply.
Joe loved music and was a tremendous guitar player and collector. He was a connoisseur of good food and loved to invite people to his dinner table. He did not know a stranger and you would never go hungry in his presence. Joe believed that he could learn something from everyone he met and came into every new relationship with open hands and an open heart. He had an incredible sense of humor and was unbelievably wise. Above all, Joe was a fighter who found joy even in the darkest of times. His family hopes and prays that this will be the legacy he leaves behind.
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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 themmrf.org.
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