I am participating in a bike ride in Montreal this summer to raise funds for Myeloma Canada, a registered non-profit organization for people living with multiple myeloma, and I am hoping you will donate to help our team, the RIVER RIDERS to raise our goal of $5,000!
I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015 and have been receiving treatment ever since. My journey started with chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant. Over the past 6 years I have relapsed 3 times, and begun new treatment protocols with every progression of the disease. Treatment continues thanks to the brilliant doctors working across Canada to introduce new medication. Today, I am in complete remission.
Multiple myeloma, commonly referred to as myeloma, is a blood cancer that is associated with the abnormal behaviour and uncontrolled growth of a type of white blood cell - the plasma cell. Plasma cells are made in the bone marrow - the spongy tissue found inside bones - and are an important component of the body's immune system because they produce antibodies. In myeloma, abnormal plasma cells interfere with the production of normal healthy blood cells in the bone marrow and overproduce inactive clones of abnormal antibodies that can negatively affect the different parts of the body such as bones and kidneys.
Every day, 10 Canadians are diagnosed with myeloma, yet in spite of its growing prevalence, the disease remains relatively unknown. To date there is no cure for myeloma, however, advancements in research and treatment are enabling those impacted by myeloma to live better and longer lives than ever before. More research to find new therapies or new combinations of existing therapies is required to find a cure.
I will ride 50 kms in Montreal on June 25 with my boyfriend Steve, family and a group of dear friends. We are taking a very scenic route along the south shore from Pointe Claire village to the Atwater Market where we will have lunch and ride back. It will be a long ride for me but I am starting to train and looking forward to the challenge!
Please make a donation today and help me to reach my fundraising goal!