Michael York, star of films such as Cabaret, Logan's Run, and Austin Powers, spoke to the California stem cell agency governing board about his personal battle with amyloidosis, a rare, often fatal disease caused by the abnormal deposit of proteins called amyloids in various tissues of the body. In addition to amyloidosis, York was also diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. Last July, York had a successful blood stem cell transplant to treat his condition. Board member Sherry Lansing introduced Mr. York. To learn CIRM-funded projects related to blood cancers, visit our leukemia fact sheet.