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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 (  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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Steps to a Cure 2019!

This year’s Ottawa-Gatineau Multiple Myeloma Walk is scheduled for Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the Ron Kolbus Centre, Britannia Park, Ottawa.  Registration opens at noon, with the walk starting at 1 pm.  

Come early to place a bid on the silent auction items, and to pick up your 50/50 tickets.  Opening ceremonies start at 12:40pm with guest speakers including Dr. Arleigh McCurdy from the Myeloma Team of the Ottawa Hospital,  Dr. Karim Abou-Nassar from the Oncology Team of the Gatineau Hospital, and Mayor Jim Watson from the City of Ottawa.

You are encouraged to pre-register at  .  Family, friends, neighbours and colleagues are all invited to participate.  You can register as a team or as individuals.  This year’s fundraising goal is $80,000.  50% of funds raised will be used for research by Myeloma Canada, and 50% will be used for research into Car-T therapy by the Ottawa Hospital.

Detailed instructions on the registration process, and a copy of the event poster, are attached for your convenience. 

 For additional information about the walk, or should you wish to join our volunteer team, please contact Frank Shepherd at or Glenn Hussey at

 Together, let’s make the 2019 edition of Steps to a Cure a successful and memorable event.

Frank Shepherd and Glenn Hussey
2019 Steps to a Cure Walk Co-chairs

June 5th Meeting Reminder


 supporting patients with myeloma

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

PLACE:         Maplesoft Centre, 1500 Alta Vista Drive.

TIME:            6:45-8:45 PM

This is our last meeting before the summer break until September.  

We will begin with a short update on plans for this year’s Steps to a Cure Walk from Frank Glenn.

Our guest speaker,Dr. Peter Konzuk, ophthalmologistwill talk about The effects of Myeloma on the eyes.   

After his presentation there is a break for refreshments and discussion followed by a session where patients and caregivers share their experience with the disease. The mission of the Community Network is to provide hope and to empower Myeloma patients, family, caregivers and friends through education, advocacy, patient care and support and sharing experiences.

Please note: Dr. Konzuk sent along a web site about the Orbis Eye Surgery hospital plane that travels the world performing eye surgeries ( )He was field medical director of the Orbis Project – 1989-90. I think his talk and presentation will be very interesting.  The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital which will, coincidentally, be here in Ottawa June 1-3 and you can register on the web site if you wish to go and see it.