As many of you know, it’s been five and a half years now since I was diagnosed with active multiple myeloma, a relatively rare form of blood cancer. While there is still no cure for this disease, the excellent treatment I received from the Ottawa Hospital (chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant) has helped keep my cancer in remission for over 4 years and enjoy family, friends, work and play. Then at the end of 2018, the myeloma cells were again detected and multiplying in my blood and relapse had occurred – typical for this disease. Fortunately a promising new treatment had just been approved (see http://www.bloodjournal.org/content/132/Suppl_1/1996?sso-checked=true), with the potential to control the myeloma, so I (and other patients like me) can look forward to positive outcomes and a good quality of life for more years to come.
The goals for our Walk are to bring patients, caregivers, family, friends, clinicians and research teams together, to increase awareness about Myeloma and work on new treatments and ultimately find a cure. Each year, the donations from the Walk support both local and national activities.
Myeloma Canada is our national partner in the Walk, and receives half of the funds raised to help support their range of research activities (including the Myeloma Canada Research Network). In recent years, the Ottawa Hospital Foundation has received the other half which has benefitted Dr. McCurdy’s myeloma research activities and this year are focused on the Ottawa General Hospital’s Car-T program to treat patients with multiple myeloma. Car-T therapy is an exciting new immune treatment for patients with blood cancers, which has the potential to treat even solid tumor cancers eventually. The treatment is currently being used for patients with lymphoma and leukemia and Dr. McCurdy’s group are hoping to be able to treat patients with myeloma in CAR-T clinical trials within the next year.
I invite you to show your support by:
• coming out and walking with us on September 22nd. It’s a fun day - you can meet the Mayor, enjoy some music and refreshments and have a good time (please register at www.stepstoacure.ca )
• Make a donation if you can (support Team Sheep Herders, or form your own team)
• Take some time to learn about Myeloma and how you can help us raise awareness about this form of blood cancer (see www.myelomacanada.ca )
Thanks for your consideration and support,
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