Want to help someone? Take a walk.
On Sept. 25 at Coquitlam's Town Centre Park, make it a stroll - Myeloma Vancouver's first Stroll for a Cure. The family-friendly event involves a 5 km (or shorter or longer) walk around Lafarge Lake aimed at raising funds for a cash-strapped research unit.
Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer most people have never heard of until they are diagnosed with it. In 2009, 2,200 people were newly diagnosed with myeloma; about 1,400 deaths from the disease are reported annually.
While there is no cure, treatment research has entered a revolutionary and exciting phase, transforming myeloma into a treatable disease. Even better for local patients, the Vancouver General Hospital's Haematology Research and Clinical Trials Unit (HRCTU) has the potential to take more of a leading role in exploring these emerging new therapies.
All proceeds from Stroll for a Cure will benefit the clinical trials unit at VGH.
Registration for the event starts at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 25, with the stroll underway at 10 a.m. Participants are invited to bring their families and spend a day relaxing in the park.
To donate or learn more about Stroll for a Cure, visit www.myelomavancouver.ca.