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Prince George multiple myeloma march raises more than $12,000

Front row (left to right): Wei Chen, Hyunseo Kim, Briana Greer, Nadia Mansour, Ronja Frank, and Katalin Illés. Back row (left to right): Ian Garvie, Ahmad Jalil, Caleb Mueller, Sheila Myshrall, Calin Claassens, Brendan Yost, Behrouz Danesh, and Michale Bracken.

On Saturday, members of the Prince George myeloma community raised over $12,000 to fund critical research at the during annual Prince George Multiple Myeloma March.

This year, the five-kilometre walk/run was modified to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Participants were encouraged to hold their own walk in their neighbourhood at the same time as the regularly scheduled March in compliance with physical distancing measures.

March spokesperson, David Duck and his team Cure’s Gonna Come, were determined to create awareness for myeloma, a little-known and incurable cancer of the plasma cells that she has been actively living with since 2015.

Another one of the teams that participated was #StrongforJohn, organized by Briana Greer, who walked in the memory of her father, John Myshrall, and raised over $6,000.

The five-kilometre walk/run aims to raise awareness and crucial research funds for innovative medications that will increase life expectancy, and ultimately find a cure for patients impacted by myeloma.  

The Prince George Multiple Myeloma March is one of 32 communities across the country participating in Myeloma Canada’s annual nation-wide fundraising event. 

Multiple myeloma, also known as myeloma, is the second most common form of blood cancer. Myeloma affects a type of immune cell called the plasma cell, found in the bone marrow. Every day, nine Canadians are diagnosed, yet in spite of its growing prevalence, the disease remains relatively unknown. While there is no cure, people with myeloma are living longer and better lives, thanks to recent breakthroughs in treatment. To find a cure, more funding and research are required. 

To learn more about multiple myeloma, or to donate, visit: myeloma.ca

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