Today marks International Nurses Day,
celebrated around the world on May 12th each year to appreciate the contributions of nurses towards people's health. The day is held coinciding with the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale.
Nurses are among the most dedicated professionals in the healthcare field, providing comfort, respite and necessary care to those who are sick.
These caring professionals have one of the most challenging and rewarding jobs out there. Myeloma Canada wants to thank all those incredible men and women who have dedicated their lives to compassion, caring and healing.
Today also marks the opening of nominations for the annual Marion State Memorial Myeloma Canada Nursing Award. The award recognizes excellence in myeloma nursing care and is presented annually to a Canadian nurse who has demonstrated distinction and leadership in the care of multiple myeloma patients.
Myeloma Canada created the award in recognition of Marion State's extraordinary contributions to the Canadian myeloma community. Marion graduated with a diploma in nursing from Toronto General Hospital in 1966 and later a Bachelors of Nursing from Ryerson University in Toronto. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1996, Marion went on to found the Toronto & District Multiple Myeloma Support Group in 1998, the first myeloma patient group in Canada,
providing valuable support to other myeloma patients across the country. Marion lived a full productive life for 15 years
until her passing in 2012.
The recipient of the award will be announced publicly and honoured with a plaque. If you wish to submit a nomination for a Canadian nurse who demonstrates leadership, passion and commitment to advancing the care of multiple myeloma patients, please download the form here.
Completed forms can be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and must be received no later than July 31st, 2017.