Thanks to Manulife/John Hancock, on April 15 2019, I will be running the 2019 Boston Marathon in support of Myeloma Canada. Myeloma Canada is a registered non-profit organization created by, and for, people living with multiple myeloma.
In May 2018, my dad was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in plasma cells. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. It's not clear what causes myeloma. Doctors know that myeloma begins with one abnormal plasma cell in your bone marrow, and the abnormal cell multiplies rapidly.
Needless to say, my dad has always been a super hero in my mind, and these last 6 months continue to prove that. He underwent a stem cell transplant in October and has since impressed nurses and doctors with his incredible response rate to the treatment. His progress has been remarkable!
Despite myeloma being treatable, it is unfortunately not curable. However, every dollar helps to support research programs that will one day lead to a cure. I'm extremely grateful for every dollar raised - rest assured that as I run those 42.2 KMs, every dollar will be a reminder that we are one step closer to a cure!