In 2010 when Glenn was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma I had no idea where this Myeloma Journey would take us. We gradually learned that myeloma is a blood cancer, that it is incurable but treatable. Since that time Glenn has had a stem cell transplant and 3 drug therapies. That means that 3 drugs that kill the myeloma cancer cells are no longer effective. Previously 3 relapses would mean a death sentence. Now, scientists are zeroing in on this terrible cancer and they talk about a cure in the next decade. This is a far cry from the news that greeted us when Glenn was first diagnosed.
I’m raising money in support of Myeloma Canada by participating in the Multiple Myeloma March on Sunday September 2, 2018. Glenn and I will be marching with other members of our support group. I am asking my closest family and friends to donate $1 for each of the 5 kilometers of the march. $5 may not seem like a mighty gesture, but I assure you that it is. 92% of all monies received by Myeloma Canada goes to research and patient support.
By making a donation to me, you are helping to fund clinical research and to support advocacy for accelerated access to game-changing therapies for Canadian myeloma patients. That means that when Glenn starts his next chemotherapy in October, he will have used up all the approved and funded drugs available. When that drug proves ineffective (and it will) our recourse will be to turn to Myeloma Canada to help us find a clinical trial in Canada, and appeal on compassionate grounds, for Glenn to receive a drug that is being researched, but is not yet funded or approved.
So you can see why funding Myeloma Canada is so important to us. We have supported appeals by family and friends in the past. This is our first fund raising effort and our sincere attempt to help others as well as ourselves. Please consider our $1 per kilometer for the 5 kilometer march.
Glenn and I thank you for considering our request.
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