Phyllis George dies from Polycythemia Vera complications

The MPN Community needs a Celebrity Spokesperson to bring awareness of our “Rare Blood Disease”

by David Wallace

Phyllis George dies from complications related to Polycythemia VeraI’m saddened to hear that former Kentucky first lady and Miss America, Phyllis George passed away from a “rare blood disease” at 70.  She was a true pioneer in the TV broadcast industry, as the first woman to host a national TV sports show on the NFL Today.  She fought Polycythemia Vera (PV) for over 30 years and died from complications related to PV.  May she rest in peace ❤️.
I wish the fact she had Polycythemia Vera was more prominent in the articles on her death.  She would have been a first-class “celebrity spokesperson” for our cause, MPN Awareness.
Tom Brokaw is greatly admired for sharing his challenging battle with multiple myeloma.  He has become a living legend and national spokesperson for multiple myeloma!  My bet is there Are other “famous people” living with MPN.  I sincerely hope a celebrity will step forward soon to champion our cause.

Articles below provide more details, only a few “news stories” flooding the web even mention she had Polycythemia Vera, PV.

Slightly off-topic, but….I find it somewhat ironic she is pictured here supporting a great cause/organization, Alzheimer’s Association.  That hits close to home, as I lost my mother to Alzheimer’s in 2014.

As a patient advocacy leader, I do my best to spread awareness of MPNs and Polycythemia Vera.


About David Wallace

Founder of PV Reporter, a resource for Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (MPN) patients and caregivers. After being diagnosed with Polycythemia Vera (PV) in 2009, I utilized social media to connect with "informed patients" and develop a better understanding of emerging treatment options. My philosophy on patient care is straight forward - "educating the patient is essential, so the patient can guide their physician to meet his or her needs." PV Reporter is a comprehensive resource hub giving visitors vital tools to become "empowered patients."

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