October 30, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) – Jerry Nowell, a man who normally prefers to remain in the background running his award-winning store Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture in Cary, is going before the cameras next week to discuss his battle with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer, and the fundraiser he’ll launch in November to benefit Multiple Myeloma Cancer Research at Duke Medicine.
Nowell will be a featured guest on NBC 17’s “My Carolina Today” show on Monday, November 1, at 11 a.m. Joining him will be Dr. Cristina Gasparetto, a specialist in laboratory and clinical research in the field of multiple myeloma at Duke Medicine.
Multiple myeloma is cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow.
Nowell, 49, was diagnosed in May after a routine check up. Since then, he’s been sharing his progress on Facebook and planning “Nowell’s Fund To Fight Multiple Myeloma” in association with the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The furniture store has been sponsoring holiday-season charitable fundraisers for several years. Nowell’s decision to make cancer research at Duke the recipient of this year’s fundraiser was obviously personal.
“While there is currently no cure for multiple myeloma, on-going research raises great hope that emerging therapies may turn it into a manageable disease and, ultimately, lead to a cure,” he said.
Dr. Gasparetto will discuss some of those advances when the show airs.
Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture furnishes the set for “My Carolina Today” set. On the Monday segment, Jerry Nowell will also announce that the pieces on the set will be up for auction on the store’s website, www.nowellsfurniture.com, starting Monday with all proceeds from the auction benefiting Multple Myeloma Cancer Research at Duke Medicine.
Details on the in-store fundraiser will be released soon.
“My Carolina Today,” hosted by Sharon Delaney, Page Crawford and Valonda Calloway, airs each weekday on NBC 17 at 11 a.m. For more information, go to www.mycarolinatoday.com.
For more information Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture and the upcoming fundraiser, visit www.nowellsfurniture.com.
About Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture:
Nowell’s Contemporary Furniture is located at 900 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511. Operated by Jerry Nowell, the store is in its third generation of local ownership with a commitment to contemporary and modern furniture supported by a talented in-store design team and professional delivery crew. “Defining Style Since 1905.”