Growth, Transition and Transformation:
The Evolution of Myeloma Canada
By Aldo Del Col, Co-founder
of Myeloma Canada
Reflections from our Co-founder
One of the most important concepts I discovered in the course of my business management studies relates to "founder’s syndrome" and its pernicious ability to destroy an organization. The ignominious meltdown of Blackberry from global technological leader to marginal player is a perfect example. The co-founders’ hubris and inability to relinquish leadership at a transformational moment in their industry effectively led to the demise of their creation. From the day I conceived the idea of creating a national myeloma organization and throughout the following 13 years of careful nurturing, I never lost sight of this.
Myeloma Canada National Conference:
Sessions Recordings
Close to 200 myeloma patients and caregivers from coast to coast joined us in May for the 13th Myeloma Canada National Conference in Vancouver, BC. Leading Canadian and international experts shared the latest updates in myeloma research, new treatments and disease management. In addition, plenary and breakout sessions addressed specific topics of interest including side-effect management, nutrition, exercise strategies and advice for caregivers.
If you were unable to join us for the weekend, the presentations were recorded and are now available on YouTube for viewing.
Now Available: Myeloma Canada
Clinical Trial Module
In 2018, Myeloma Canada invested significant efforts in increasing awareness for Canadian clinical trials, as well as providing answers to frequently asked questions and debunking myths and fears related to clinical trial participation. As a result, we are pleased to officially launch the Myeloma Canada Clinical Trial Module, which includes an educational video series, a new InfoGuide (available online and in print), a personalized clinical trial finder tool, as well as updated information on the Myeloma Canada website
Have you Nominated your Favourite Nurse? 
The Marion State Memorial Myeloma Canada Nursing Award recognizes Canadian nurses who demonstrate excellence in nursing care through leadership, teamwork, passion and commitment to advancing the care of myeloma patients. The award recipient will be announced publicly, honoured with a plaque and Celgene Canada will make a $5,000 contribution to Myeloma Canada’s Education Fund. Completed nomination forms must be submitted by email to by July 31, 2018.

Vote for your favourite nurse now!
Only a Few Weeks Left to Take Part in the Multiple Myeloma March 10 th Anniversary
Full Bloom Campaign! 
Ten years ago, Maryse Bouchard, a myeloma patient in Montreal, and her friend Sylvie-Chantale Duquette, came up with the idea of organizing a fundraising walk benefitting Myeloma Canada. They could not have imagined that over 100 people would show up and that $30,000 would be raised! Ten years later, the Multiple Myeloma March is celebrated in 23 communities from coast-to-coast, bringing people together under a common goal of making myeloma matter. To build on the sense of belonging and camaraderie that the March brings to patients, families and friends, we are kicking off this special 10-year anniversary with our Full Bloom Campaign until July 1, 2018.

For more information and to receive a complimentary gift of colourful Gerber Daisy seeds, click here .
Register Now for One of the
23 Multiple Myeloma Marches Across Canada!
Spotlight on Ev McDowell:
18 Years and Counting
“I wouldn’t wish this disease on anyone but there has been an unexpected benefit.”
International News
The International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) will Honour Researchers Professor Philippe Moreau, MD, and Dr. Sigurdur Kristinsson on June 12 at the Annual Summit in Stockholm 
Professor Philippe Moreau, MD, Head of the Hematology Department at the University Hospital of Nantes, France, and Professor of Clinical Hematology at Nantes Faculty of Medicine, will receive the Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award . Dr. Sigurdur Yngvi Kristinsson, Professor of Hematology at the University of Iceland and specialist in internal medicine and hematology at the Landspitali- The National University Hospital of Iceland, will receive the Brian G.M. Durie Outstanding Achievement Award.
Research Updates
2018 ASCO Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting brings together more than 32,000 oncology professionals from around the world to discuss the highlights of the latest cancer care treatments, new therapies, and ongoing controversies in the field, via informative and scientific sessions.

Dr. Joseph Mikhael, Chief Medical Officer from the International Myeloma Foundation, presents in the following video an overview of the top multiple myeloma research updates presented at ASCO 2018.
Upcoming Events
2nd Annual Mangia for Myeloma in Honour of Guido Vettorello
July 29, 2018
LaSalle, ON

For tickets contact Jane Mayville 519-816-0871 or Jenny Vettorello Radjenovich 519-566-0871
Rick McHenry Memorial Golf Tournament
July 7, 2018
Montreal, QC

Join us for a fun day of golf and dinner at beautiful Golf Saint-Raphaël in Montreal!
I n the Community

Find out what’s happening in the Canadian myeloma community.

  • Myeloma Canada’s First-Ever Charity Golf Classic was a Blossoming Success
  • The 4th Lynn Ross Memorial Golf Tournament in Windsor was Once Again a Knockout
  • Four Brave Chaps in Calgary Raise nearly $14,000 with their Cueballs for Cancer Challenge      
  • The Kitchener Multiple Myeloma March Leaders Raise a Whopping $500 at a Charity Yard Sale
  • An Information Extravaganza Day in Kelowna