Why We Need Research
The media rarely mentions it, and public awareness fails unless a celebrity has it, or dies from it. It generally gets overlooked for funding compared to the more predominant cancers. People who get it generally don’t know they have it because it travels with much stealth around the body. Typically the first sign of the cancer is a mysterious bone fracture. Younger people are being diagnosed with myeloma. So what can we do as a patient group?
In 2010, the Myeloma Alberta Support Society embarked on an initiative “Multiple Miles for Myeloma” (MM4M) to raise funds specifically for myeloma research, at same time generating more awareness of the disease. The committee was structured from our members and was chaired and lead by George Campsal (patient)l, who took our society into uncharted waters on this first event to which all proceeds went to myeloma research right here in Edmonton. To date more than $700,000 has been raised and donated directly to the U of A and the Cross Cancer Institute for Myeloma research.
100% of all money donated to Myeloma Alberta Support Society are donated through the University of Alberta to Myeloma Research at the University of Alberta and the Cross Cancer Institute.
2016 Fund Raisers for Myeloma Alberta Support Society
“Fork It Over” February 26, 2016: An Annual Dinner and Silent Auction, this year marks the 16th annual dinner of the Mayfield Rotary Club. The Rotary Club invited Myeloma Alberta Support Society to be a recipient of funding from this event to support Myeloma Research. For more information contact Greg Wilkes 780-983-779.
“Multiple Miles for Myeloma July 16th: This years event marked the 7th annual MM4M. Over 260 participants registered raising over $90,000 with donations continuing to come in. For more information and pictures of the event click on MM4M 2016.
New Developments/Drugs in Treatment of Myeloma
“New Weapons in the Fight Against Multiple Myeloma” documented in a recent (Jan 4, 2106) All Street Journal article to read this interesting and informative article.
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Tom Brokaw’s MBC interview (May 17, 2015) regarding his Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis, treatment and current status can be found.
Dr. Belch (Dec. 17, 2014) Ross Neitz writes how Dr. Andrew Belch, professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Alberta and hematologist with the Cross Cancer Institute, and Myeloma Clinical Trials in Edmonton are helping to change global standards.
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