We're raising money in support of Myeloma Canada by participating in the Multiple Myeloma March on Sunday, October 18, 2020.
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 make a donation today and help us to reach our fundraising goal! Charitable tax receipts are issued for all online donations or upon request when donating by cash or cheque.
Did you know?
Myeloma Canada has recently been in discussions with Dr’s Kuchenbauer and Song about a really innovative research project that Dr Kuchenbauer is kickstarting at the BC Cancer Agency. Here is a bit of background:
In a nutshell, Dr Kuchenbaueur will be developing a genetic dataset studying specific gene mutations that are linked to relapse and disease progression, the first of its kind in myeloma. These mutations are known as APOBECs, which are enzymes that can create mutations in DNA, causing relapse and drug resistance. The data will be collected using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) through bone marrow aspirations and will eventually replace the standard FISH testing for risk stratification (which provides limited information on gene mutations). This new testing and sequencing will identify genomic myeloma subgroups at relapse and serve as a prognostic indicator to better predict high-risk groups. This research has been studied in other cancers, but not yet in myeloma. Research will be done under the umbrella of the BC Cancer Agency, where Dr Kuchenbauer and his team have their lab.
3 pieces of great news:
1. Myeloma Canada received confirmation that we’ve secured a minimum donation from a large donor in the amount of $250,000 to be applied toward this project.
2. Myeloma Canada will also be entering into a partnership with the BC Cancer Foundation, where they will be soliciting their donor base to match the $250,000 that we are investing.
3. And here’s the best news yet: Myeloma Canada is also committing to invest the proceeds raised from the 2020 Vancouver Multiple Myeloma March towards this initiative as well!
Bruce Marks and Ann Whitmarsh
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