Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada (AAMAC)
Helping Canadians with bone marrow failure diseases
Get moving with the Marrow Movers!
Walk or pledge to raise funds and help Canadians with the bone marrow failure diseases.
Each year hundreds of Canadians are diagnosed with aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) or PNH (parnoxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria).
These stories of walkers from last year's fun 5k walk will give you a sense of who faces this family of diseases (Hint: everyone!)
- Newlyweds Amber and Jonathan joined the Marrow Movers for the first time. Amber has aplastic anemia and even being on crutches at the time of the walk could not keep her from participating — she rented a red scooter to match our team colours and crossed the finish line in style!
- New participant Rosemary was one of the fastest walkers with MDS to cross the finish line that day!
- We even had a runner participate on the team this year as Melanie completed her first marathon! Melanie ran in honour of her neighbour and daughter's playmate, four-year old James who has aplastic anemia.
- In the finish area we also met up with team members from Nicole's Hope, walking in memory of Peter's daughter and Chantal's sister, Nicole, who died in May at the age of 35 due to complications related to aplastic anemia.
- Carole walked in memory of her late husband Gord. Also returning to the team this year was Jeanette accompanied by her friend Suzanne.
Bone marrow failure diseases aren't familiar to many people, and it's hard to find information you can trust when you suddenly have to learn everything you can. Following diagnosis with a rare bone marrow disease, patients and their families are often overwhelmed by a maze of unfamiliar terminology.
That's where AAMAC can help. Volunteers with personal experience can offer support to patients, their families and friends, as well as reliable information and advocacy for everyone battling these diseases.
You can support the Association's efforts. Join the Marrow Movers today.
- Each Marrow Mover receives a red and white "Lifeblood" bracelet.
- Raise $250 or more for the Aplastic Anemia & Myelodysplasia Association of Canada and we'll cover your entry fee for the 5K walk.
- The Marrow Mover who raises the most funds for AAMAC this year will receive a $50 movie gift certificate.
- Let us know if you are walking in honour or memory of someone and we'll include their name in our national newsletter.
Register at www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com.