Remembering Don Baylor

The multiple myeloma community has lost an inspiration and a fierce advocate.

Don Baylor passed away Monday at the age of 68 after a long battle with multiple myeloma.

Many will remember him for his nearly two-decades-long professional baseball career as a manager and player. But for the multiple myeloma community, he was an inspiration and a fierce advocate.

When he was diagnosed with the blood cancer in 2003, he brought this reputation for never backing away from the plate to his new fight. At that time median survival for patients was only five years. However, access to treatment advances in multiple myeloma have changed that survival outlook. Baylor lived for 14 years following his diagnosis and his disease didn’t restrict him from the game that he loved, serving as a hitting coach for various teams until 2015.

At Celgene, we are proud to have supported Don Baylor’s advocacy throughout his journey with multiple myeloma and send our condolences to his family and loved ones.


Grateful for the advances that allowed him to manage his disease, Baylor believed in giving back to the multiple myeloma community. He often spoke about his illness and raised money to support research towards a cure. Baylor was an honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and believed in the extraordinary progress that researchers are making against the blood cancer.

For Don Baylor, and for many other patients like him, Celgene remains committed to advancing medical innovation and finding a cure for multiple myeloma.

At Celgene, we are proud to have supported Don Baylor’s advocacy throughout his journey with multiple myeloma and send our condolences to his family and loved ones.