Steps to a Cure: Our 2019 Community Walk

This year’s Walk was attended by over 250 participants and volunteers and probably represents our largest “meeting” of the year. It’s an opportunity for us to meet with other patients and their families, our medical doctors and others who support us, in an informal setting, and have some fun together as we enjoy the walk along the Ottawa River. With so many people participating, it makes us realize we are not alone when facing the challenges presented by Myeloma.

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Dr. Kew and Dr. McCurdy summarized some of the great progress that has been made in recent years in the treatment options and new drugs available, which continue to improve outcomes for Myeloma patients.  They noted the importance of the research funds we raise and the value of patient participation in their on-going research activities. This year our fundraising will help support development of CAR-T cell therapy leading to clinical trials for Myeloma patients in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, as well as a variety of activities at Myeloma Canada.

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As in previous years, we are grateful to a large number of volunteers who helped us organize this year’s Walk and to all who made such generous donations.   

In all, we raised over $60,000 for myeloma research! 

Thank You One and All!

We raised over $60,000!

 

 

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Thanks to everyone’s fundraising efforts and
contributions, we were able to raise over
$60,000 to support research activities
through Myeloma Canada and The
Ottawa Hospital.

What a tremendous
achievement!

Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:45 at the Maplesoft Centre, 1500 Alta Vista Dr., Ottawa.

Erin Mutterbach, Myeloma Nurse Practitioner, and Christine Veal, Registered Nurse, Ottawa General Hospital (OGH), will update us on their role working with myeloma patients and clinicians at the OGH and how with their support patients can effectively navigate the system to facilitate their treatment.

Volunteer anyone?

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STEERING COMMITTEE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We are also planning a meeting of the Steering Committee for the Ottawa-Gatineau Community Network for 5:45 PM on Wednesday Dec 4th just before our monthly meeting.

We need your help and support.

We are looking for patients and caregivers to help with an education program including working on materials for newly diagnosed patients; social media outreach;  monthly meeting organization and in particular provision of snacks; the annual Ottawa-Gatineau Walk; local advocacy; a mentoring program and with any other ideas you may have that you feel would be helpful for our patients and caregivers in the region.

Come and join us. Share your enthusiasm and skills. Many hands make the work lighter…and perhaps most importantly…it’s fun!

If you can’t make the meeting on Dec 4th, and would like to help please contact Jean Shepherd or Robin Sully. They will be thrilled to have you join the Steering Committee.

November 6 Meeting: Wellspring Cancer Support Network

 

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The Ottawa-Gatineau Multiple Myeloma Community Network invites patients with Multiple Myeloma, family, caregivers and friends to our monthly information and sharing meetings.

 PLACE:         Maplesoft Centre, 1500 Alta Vista Drive.

TIME:            6:45-8:45 PM

The meetings begin with a guest speaker and discussion followed by a session where patients and caregivers share their experience with the disease. Our mission is to provide support and empower Myeloma patients, family, caregivers and friends through education, advocacy, patient care and sharing our experiences.  The next meeting is on:

 Wednesday, November 6th

The speaker will be Ilene Shiller, MSW,RSW, Manager Financial and Workplace Programs, Wellspring Cancer Support Network, who will present and facilitate a discussion  on financial matters via video conferencing. Look forward to seeing you there!

Meeting: Wednesday, October 2nd

Wednesday, October 2nd

Dr. Rajiv Samant, will talk about radiation oncology and its role in the treatment of myeloma patients

The Ottawa-Gatineau Multiple Myeloma Community Network invites patients with Multiple Myeloma, family, caregivers and friends to our monthly information and sharing meetings.

 PLACE:         Maplesoft Centre, 1500 Alta Vista Drive. 

TIME:            6:45-8:45 PM

 The meetings begin with a guest speaker and discussion followed by a session where patients and caregivers share their experience with the disease. Our mission is to provide support and empower Myeloma patients, family, caregivers and friends through education, advocacy, patient care and sharing our experiences.  We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Steps to a Cure!  

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2019 Ottawa -Gatineau Myeloma Walk-–Sunday, September 22nd

The 2019 Ottawa-Gatineau Myeloma Walk-Steps to a Cure is being held on Sunday, September 22nd at the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre, Britannia Beach, Ottawa.

Registration opens at 12:00 and the Walk will take place from 1:00- 3:00 PM.

The purpose of the Walk is to bring the Ottawa-Gatineau Myeloma community together, create broader awareness of the disease and, perhaps most importantly, raise funds for Myeloma research.

Our fundraising goal this year is $80,000. Half of the funds raised will support the work of the National Myeloma Research Network and half will support CAR-T cell research for myeloma patients currently being undertaken by Dr. McCurdy and Dr. Kekre’s  group at the Ottawa General Hospital. Both will directly benefit us all! And we need your support.

With your help we can do it!  Pull a team together of family and friends, register on the Myeloma Canada March site or simply make a contribution to the Ottawa –Gatineau Walk- Steps to a Cure site (www.stepstoacure.ca).  It all counts!

And join us on September 22nd for the Walk. It will be fun! You can walk 1-5 km along a beautiful riverside trail or simply enjoy music, refreshment and conversation in the Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre. We are looking forward to seeing you there!  

 

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