Corks for the Cure

A Natural Association

Yemm & Hart, Inc. and the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) are pleased to announce:

“Corks For The Cure”, a wine cork recycling initiative to fund research for improved treatments and ultimately to find a cure for multiple myeloma while at the same time helping the environment.

The International Myeloma Foundation is a non-profit public corporation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in the State of California. The IMF is dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure.

Multiple myeloma is a complex (and often misdiagnosed) cancer of the bone marrow that attacks and destroys bone and damages vital organs. In the United States, there are over 1,000 new cases of myeloma diagnosed each month. Once thought to be only a disease of the elderly, people in their twenties, thirties and forties are now being diagnosed with myeloma.

Cork is a limited resource. It comes from the cork oak tree (Quercus suber). Yemm & Hart has been purchasing and recycling used natural wine corks since 2004. 

The idea for Corks For The Cure originated when Steve Weinstein, a leader of one of our local support groups began saving wine corks.  Steve is an avid consumer of wine and he runs wine tastings at Palm Beach Liquors, a privately owned liquor store in Delray Beach, Florida.  In a recycling relationship that was meant to be, Steve located Yemm & Hart as a recycling company that buys used wine corks.  During communications with Yemm & Hart, Steve received an email from Stephen Yemm about how this was very personal to him as multiple myeloma took the life of his beloved mother, Jean Yemm. 

87 year woman with in blue shirt & light blue ball cap w/ pink Azaleas behind
Jean Yemm 87

As Jean Yemm’s caregivers, Stephen and his wife Deborah Hart Yemm, experienced firsthand the pain and suffering this disease causes. The Yemms are happy that they can participate in an effort that fosters hope for those in need.  Another email, a phone conversation and Corks For The Cure was born.

IMF founder, Brian Novis, said, “One person can make a difference – two people can make a miracle.” Please join Steve, Yemm & Hart and the IMF in supporting the mission of the Foundation and making miracles happen by collecting wine corks and participating in Corks For The Cure.  Your donation is appreciated. Your support is tax deductible according to the non-profit 501(c)(3) code. The IMF’s Federal Tax ID number is 95-4296919. And, of course, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped in the fight against cancer.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the IMF, please contact Suzanne Battaglia at 1-800-452-CURE (2873).

Why recycle your corks with Yemm & Hart?
We buy corks
How to sell your wine corks