Myeloma Canada Harnesses The Power Of Community With National Multiple Myeloma March

Multiple myeloma is the second most prevalent blood cancer after non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma1 and there is a strong need for education and awareness: Only 15 per cent of Canadians are able to properly identify multiple myeloma as a blood cancer3 More than a third Canadians (39 per cent) believe that multiple myeloma is a skin cancer3 16 per cent identify it as a bone cancer3 Local Patient Programs Offer Much Needed Care Norma Lindner and Anne Spencer know first-hand how local fundraising can help those in need. Last year, at the age of 56, Lindner was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and received extensive treatment to help battle the disease. During this journey she felt overwhelmedand alone. When searching for resources and support regarding the disease, she came across information on the Multiple Myeloma March. Participating in her first March in Mississauga last year, Lindner was able to find a community that provided her the strength and planted the seed to start her own support group. Spencer, coordinator of the Mississauga Multiple Myeloma March, found the support she needed through the Myeloma Canada community when she first learned that her father was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. In the words of Spencer’s father, “the greatest thing is to know,” especially when dealing with an incurable disease, and Spencer wants to ensure that people with multiple myeloma and their families have the information they need to help guide them through their journey. Although both women have different stories, their discovery of Myeloma Canada has allowed them to share their personal experiences with people who understood their situations first hand. “I am so thankful for the support that I have received from Myeloma Canada,” says Lindner. “Not only have I benefited from the programs they offer, but the friends I have made along the way have made my journey with multiple myeloma much easier to navigate. That’s why it is so important to support fundraising initiatives like the Multiple Myeloma March, so that everyone who is affected by the disease receives the care, resources and support they need.” Through Myeloma Canada, those affected by multiple myeloma have access to programs such as regional InfoSessions and the National Conference that are open to patients, caregivers or anyone wanting information on multiple myeloma. It is through these educational events, along with local support groups that people can learn how to live with this disease.