The Mission of the WMFC (Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation of Canada) is to support Canadians with WM, and their families, by offering a range of services that can enhance quality of life for those with WM and ultimately discover a cure. The services include:

  • Education

  • Personal contact and support allowing WM patients to navigate the rare WM world and medical treatment options

  • Financial grants to support critical research in finding a cure for WM

  • Links to the medical community and pursuing advocacy through local partnerships.

The WMFC is the only organization in Canada to focus exclusively on WM and its patients.

History

The WMFC began in 2000 as an Oakville support group and became a registered Canadian Charity in 2002. This endeavour was the initiative of Arlene Hinchcliffe who remained the inspiration and leader of the WMFC until her retirement in June 2019. Over the years, the WMFC has expanded their active Support Groups from 1 to 7. They have held Education Forums in Vancouver, Calgary, several in the Toronto area and most recently in Halifax, plus supported numerous webinars and blogs on WM. In addition, they have established a Canadian Lifeline with the help of numerous WM volunteers and sent out regular Newsletters to the WM membership. The WMFC is actively expanding its partnership with the IWMF and LLS as well as numerous other professional WM/Lymphoma organizations within Canada. Over the past years, with the impressive support demonstrated by WM patients, the WMFC has been able to contribute more than $1.2 million dollars for research into better treatments, improved life expectancy and ultimately, a cure for WM.

We have attached a Link to an expanded version of the history of the WMFC and some of the people who have made significant contributions to its development.

Read More About the History of WMFC (PDF)

Today’s WMFC

The WMFC is an all volunteer organization (resulting in very small operating expenses). We partner with lymphoma and WM organizations from around the world to provide information and support to Canadian WM patients. The world WM community is small and having partners helps us provide the up to date information related to developments for treatment for our members.

One of the principles of the WMFC is to be as transparent an organization as possible to all its members.

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