I’m raising money in support of Myeloma Canada by participating in the Multiple Myeloma March. I will be walking in support of my dad, Brent Ralph, who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2015 at age 50.
Multiple Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer that attacks the plasma cells and bone marrow. Although there is no cure for Multiple Myeloma there are several different treatments that can help to extend the life of a Myeloma patient. Many of these treatments have only become available in Canada in the last decade thanks to research funded in part by fundraisers like this. My dad began his treatment journey with chemotherapy (the drug Velcade) which was ineffective, followed by an unsuccessful stem cell transplant, and finally a different type of chemotherapy which he is still using today. One of chemotherapy drugs that my dad is currently taking is called Kyprolis. This has been somewhat of a miracle drug for him as it is part of a new chemotherapy treatment that has proven to be effective for him. Kyprolis was approved for use in Canada in January 2016, only 6 months before by dad began taking it. Without this new treatment we don’t know where my dad would be today.
I am walking so that other patients can benefit from new treatments like my dad has. 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.
Please make a donation today and help me to reach my fundraising goal!
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