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About Us

Judith May Volunteer Award

The Judith May Volunteer Award (previously named Judith May Volunteer of the Year Award) was first given in 2013. The award recognizes the spirit of volunteerism that Judith so aptly demonstrated throughout her 20+ year   career with the IWMF, including leadership in member services, research, advocacy and as president of the IWMF from 2005 to 2012. The award changed names in 2019 to reflect the fact that every nominee has made significant contributions to our mission over many years, not just a single year, and has had a positive impact on the wellbeing of the IWMF community.

Volunteerism for the IWMF

The IWMF is a volunteer-based and –managed not-for-profit organization. Anyone can be a volunteer – there’s no such thing as a “typical” volunteer.  Our volunteers are as diverse as the volunteer opportunities available!  In fact, the IWMF is all about a “small army of volunteers” who annually devote over 35,000 hours of their time to the organization – helping manage its programs and supporting its members.  For more details and to let the IWMF know how you can help, click here.

Vision and Mission

IWMF Vision Statement

  • Support everyone affected by Waldenstrom's  macroglobulinemia while advancing the search for a cure.

IWMF Mission Statement

  • To offer mutual support and encouragement to the Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia community and others with an interest in the disease.
  • To provide information and educational programs that address patients' concerns.
  • To promote and support research leading to better treatments and ultimately, a cure.

International Affiliates

The IWMF has its headquarters in the USA, and it has affiliate organizations in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Finland,  France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scandinavia, Spain, Taiwan, and the UK.

These International Affiliates:

Scientific and Research Committees

When evaluating proposals for research funding, or assessing making a call for specific types of research for basic biomedical research grants, the IWMF relies on two committees - the Scientific Advisory Committee, and the Research Committee.  The Advisory Committee is comprised of top WM researchers from around the world, and their mission is to evaluate and vet all applications for funding that come to the IWMF.  The Research Committee reviews the Advisory Committee's recommendations, evaluates the viability of the proposals and the availability of funding, and then forwards the proposal


The IWMF partners with many organizations worldwide to provide the best possible services to our members. These organizations help us better meet member needs in terms of education, research, support, and advocacy.

Below is information pertaining to currently existing IWMF partner organizations:

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