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.