The Kitchener-Waterloo Multiple Myeloma March

Walk on With Shawn

Hi there,

I am walking in the September 9, 2018 Multiple Myeloma March in Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario to raise awareness and funding for the battle against and treatment for multiple myeloma.

I was diagnosed one year ago on August 3, 2017 with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that affects the plasma cells in the blood. For months I had been suffering significant back pain which ultimately led to my hospitalization and diagnosis. After 5 months of chemotherapy (CyBorD), radiation, and vertebroplasty (a procedure which would fuse the fractures in my vertebrae), I underwent a stem cell transplant in February 2018 at Princess Margaret Hospital. I have now been declared in partial remission. I continue to recover and gain back some of the strength lost in the months of treatment. Along with my wife Barb and our 5 children I am committed to living as normal a life as possible.

Multiple Meyloma is a treatable cancer, but as of yet there is no cure. Treatments have come a long way and researchers and doctors continue to show great promise in battling this disease. Please join me and my family in supporting this walk so that we may one day have a cure.

All the very best,

Shawn

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