Mike's Fundraising Page: This Time It's Personal
When I first participated in the Ride for Cancer in October 2016, little did I know that I would soon benefit personally from the funds raised during that ride. However, all that has changed in the last few months, as I've recently been diagnosed with primary myelofibrosis, a rare bone marrow cancer and type of chronic leukemia. The cause of primary myelofibrosis is unknown, but over time, normal bone marrow tissue is gradually replaced with a fibrous scar-like material which impairs the bone marrow's ability to produce healthy blood cells. The disease usually develops relatively slowly but eventually leads to more serious symptoms over time.
Fortunately, myelofibrosis is the subject of lots of active research and there have been some remarkable breakthroughs in diagnosing and treating this cancer over the last decade. In fact, the specific gene mutation that has led to my own myelofibrosis was only discovered in 2013, and the first drug targeting this disorder was only approved in 2014. I'm optimistic that this progress will continue and that I might soon benefit from new research results and treatments that are currently undergoing clinical trials. In the meantime, I'm choosing to focus on the things I can control like taking good care of my physical and mental health and enjoying some of my favourite activities such as biking!
Thank you for helping me to raise money for cancer treatment, research and patient care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax and through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. On September 30, 2017, I'll be cycling 50 km along the South Shore of Nova Scotia with hundreds of other riders in support of today’s cancer treatments and tomorrow’s cancer cures. In particular, funds from this year's ride will be used in part to purchase advanced cancer therapy preparation equipment at the QEII’s Cancer Centre, which will likely form part of my own treatment in future years. I sincerely appreciate your support for this cause and all of the kind words and encouragement I've received in recent days.
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