February 2022:

  • Thank you!!
  • Calgary Ed Forum
  • Upcoming National Zoom meeting!
  • One member’s experience with a cross-border clinical trial … during a pandemic
  • What’s new on the web site?
  • “Grand Rounds”

Thank you!!
To everyone who made our end of year appeal a great success …

Thank you so much for supporting the WMFC with your donation.  We raised almost $40,000 in the last few months of 2021.  This is a huge accomplishment for our small and volunteer-led organization.  There is no greater gift you can give, and every single dollar raised supports essential WMFC initiatives.

Your support has a direct impact on Canadians living with WM. This includes funding important research through our Imagine a Cure campaign.  Between 2018 and 2022, the WMFC has provided $722,000 in grants to fund critical research to find a cure for WM.  Please watch this space to learn more about the WMFC’s important investments in research.

Your donation also supports other WMFC programming, such as our growing number of support groups.  Support groups provide a perfect place for WMers, family members and caregivers to share experiences and information with other people affected by WM.  We invite you to learn more about the WMFC’s important work at wmfc.ca.

From everyone at the WMFC, a huge thanks for your ongoing support!

Calgary Ed Forum
Due to ongoing concerns for the health and safety of our membership, the Board of the WMFC has, very regretfully, made the decision to postpone the in-person Ed Forum, previously planned for April 23rd in Calgary.

Upcoming National Zoom meeting!
Mark your calendars now — this is coming up really soon!  Dr. Berinstein will be with us Feb. 9th at 7:00 EST, when he will give us an update on his BRAWM trial and discuss COVID concerns among lymphoma patients.  Click here to see the event description on our web site, for more information.  The Zoom link will be https://iwmf-wm.zoom.us/j/83591183695.

One member’s experience with a cross-border clinical trial … during a pandemic
The story of Ron Ternoway’s experiences while participating in a US-based clinical trial during the Covid pandemic.  Newly updated as of Jan. 25th,  2022.  Click here to read!

What’s new on the web site?
Want to find out how well your Covid-19 vaccines have worked for you?  Want to help Canadian researchers at the same time?   Click here to find out more about a Canadian study recruiting blood cancer patients to investigate the amount of, and duration of, any protective antibody response.

And in a separate web post:  When reviewing scientific results, media reporters sometimes emphasize the wrong things.  See our analysis of what seemed to be a very grim-sounding CTV News report, here.

“Grand Rounds”
The first of three presentations specifically for Canadian hematologists and other medical professionals took place on Jan. 20th.  Despite tight deadlines and a very limited opportunity for us to advertise, we had a good turnout to hear Dr. Steven Treon present WM background material and treatments.  The second of the three will take place on March 10th at 7:00 p.m. PST.  Stay tuned for more information, so your hematologist can benefit from the expertise being made available.

Cam Fraser
WMFC Board Chair