University of Vermont

Alumna Featured in Time's Most Influential List

Alumna Kathy Giusti shares the current issue of Time Magazine with the likes of Michelle Obama, Jonathan Franzen, Julian Assange, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and others. The UVM Class of 1980 graduate is included in Time’s annual list of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People.”

Giusti, who founded the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, is featured in a full-page portrait accompanied with text by CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric.

Couric writes:

“What if you were told, at 37, you had three years to live? Kathy Giusti, diagnosed with multiple myeloma, decided to make memories for her 18-month-old daughter Nicole so she'd know she had a mom. But at the same time, marshaling her determination and knowledge of the world of pharma (she was the former head of Searle's worldwide arthritis franchise), she created the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Today, 165 million research dollars, four new approved drugs and 13 years later, Kathy is in remission but still pressing scientists and the FDA to work together efficiently. Now Nicole and her brother David not only know they have a mom; they know she's a hero.”