Over the last 20 years the WMFC has raised over $1.2M for research (see here for a summary of our research). Thank you and congratulations to all our supporters. Together we have made a significant difference and we want to continue our progress in unraveling the mysteries of WM. Just in the last month, a new drug has been approved by Health Canada for treating Canadian WMers.
The research projects the WMFC is currently supporting are:
- Dr. Carrasco’s development of a WM mouse. We started this project in 2012 and renewed Dr. Carrasco’s funding for the second stage in 2018.
”I recently had a project update by Ruben Carrasco which was very exciting. The WMFC played a great role in supporting development of this project.”
Steve Treon, March 24, 2021
- Dr. Chen’s research development of a blood test to confirm WM thereby avoiding painful bone marrow biopsies.
“To date, 39 patients have agreed to participate in this study, with most having completed their blood +/-bone marrow sample collection for deep sequencing of WM-related mutations. The NGS mutation panel has been developed and testing on banked samples is now in process. We thank patients for their keen interest in contributing samples, even during the restrictions of a COVID pandemic.”
Christine Chen, March 24, 2021
- Dr. Zach Hunter of the Bing Centre at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s research into multiomic analysis of DNA, RNA and epigenomic networks for prognostication and novel target identification of WM.
”The WMFC made possible our research into the cellular programing (epigenetics) of WM and is supporting our efforts to apply cutting edge machine learning (AI) methods to WM genomics”
Zach Hunter, March 22, 2021
The knowledge gained from these projects will help every Canadian WMer down the road. We need all Canadians affected by WM to help us out and are asking you to consider making a donation to support this research.
You can donate by clicking on the Donate button. We are counting on you.
Thank you for your help!!
Paul G. Kitchen
WMFC Board Chair
In support of WMFC’s Research Month and to generate a greater awareness of WM in Canada, I am attempting to walk 10km each day during the month of May. (Roughly the distance from my home in Rothesay, NB to Moncton, mostly along the Trans-Canada Trail.) Our local newspaper in Saint John New Brunswick has picked up the story, and Global News did an interview which was broadcast nationally.
A number of WMers might choose to walk as well during the month of May to see if they are able to raise a few dollars for Research Month. Every $ makes a difference. My progress will be tracked daily on our website. Thank you for all the encouragement. So far, the response to the walk has been wonderful. I am hoping that this venture will contribute to a successful Research Month.
Paul G. Kitchen
WMFC Board Chair
We’re tracking Paul’s progress, daily, through the month of May. Remember that target: 300 km.
He has a long way to go — show your appreciation of his efforts by joining us in cheering him on, and by supporting research for a cure for WM.
(Note the arrows at the bottom of the above image — you can check out other aspects of Paul’s training, day by day.)
Many thanks to ESRI Canada for supplying this dashboard so we can track Paul’s progress!