The BC 200 km Ride to Conquer Cancer was on my 2018 “bucket list”. After having supported many riders by donating to their campaigns over the past several years, this year I was planning on combining my passion for cycling with an effort to raise funds for cancer research.
Well, my 2018 bucket list was set aside very early in 2018 when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells found in bone marrow. The cause or causes of myeloma remain unknown. Every year several thousand Canadians are diagnosed with myeloma, yet it remains a relatively unknown cancer. Although there is yet no cure, myeloma is treatable and the overall outlook for patients is improving steadily.
I am so grateful for the incredible support I have received from family, friends and work colleagues through my journey so far and cannot overstate the quality and professionalism of the medical staff that have worked with me in my treatments over the past seven months. And, I am happy to say, I am even back riding again. While I was not strong enough to participate in the recent 200 km event, I remain committed to joining others in fundraising for cancer research - even more so now having met so many truly inspiring people living with cancer and sharing their hope for a cure.
Myeloma Canada is a non-profit, charitable organization created by, and for people impacted by multiple myeloma. Exclusively devoted to the Canadian myeloma community, Myeloma Canada, in partnership with the Myeloma Canada Research Network, is dedicated to advancing the understanding, treatment and management of the disease and accelerating access to game-changing therapies for Canadians living with myeloma. Myeloma Canada has improved the lives of Canadians impacted by myeloma by accelerating access to better care through awareness, education, advocacy, community engagement and clinical research.
As a patient-driven, patient-focused grassroots organization, Myeloma Canada drives collaborative efforts to unify the voice of the community to effectively shape the Canadian treatment landscape with a committed focus on the improvement of patient outcomes by:
• Providing educational resources to patients, families and caregivers
• Increasing awareness of the disease and its effects on the lives of patients and their families
• Facilitating access to new therapies, treatment options and healthcare resources
• Advancing clinical research and promote access to new drug trials in Canada
• Empowering patients and caregivers through community engagement
I’m raising money in support of Myeloma Canada by participating in the 5 km Multiple Myeloma March in Vancouver on October 20, 2018. Please join in the walk if you are able. By making a donation, you are helping to fund clinical research and to support advocacy for accelerated access to game-changing therapies for Canadian myeloma patients.
Please donate today and help me reach my fundraising goal!
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