After writing the book “75 German-Speaking Influential People in Western Canada”, I wanted to organize a book launch/fundraiser and am still working on the details. Of course, this event will be “COVID” friendly and will offer social distancing, masks, hand sanitizer and all the safety measures to keep everyone attending in person safe.
The dates will be on a Friday evening – either September 25th or October 2nd, 2020. The fundraiser will be for the Research Department of BC Cancer and in the name of everyone suffering from blood cancer. I am also working on getting a few speakers to talk about this important issue.
An estimated 110,000 people in Canada are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma. Approximately every 25 minutes one person in Canada is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Do you have someone in your life who has been diagnosed with cancer?
Meet Dr. Kuchenbauer from Germany: He is here in Vancouver as a “Senior Scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Clinician Scientist, the Leukemia/BMT Program of BC, BC Cancer Associate Professor, Medicine, University of British Columbia”.
He is just one of many researchers who have been affected by COVID. With no end in sight, the pandemic has shut down more than 600 cancer research trials as the country went into lockdown, and researchers have yet to return to their labs and resume work at full capacity. As cancer research funds get reallocated to COVID-19 studies, testing and treatment, the stalled momentum of blood cancer research will likely leave deep scars on cancer care.
Dr. Florian Kuchenbauer is leading a newly formed Researcher Super Team – a group of scientists from across the country that have come together to help raise funds and advocate for the critical need to support blood cancer research in Canada. They are the leading experts in the field with active studies that aim to prevent, detect and treat blood cancers.
There is also a https://www.llscanada.org/ – “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada (LLSC) is a voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers. We provide free information and support services to patients and caregivers. The LLSC mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month! Buy a book, bring your book to be signed, donate to BC Cancer and help individuals and families suffering from blood cancer experience hope for the future. A win/win.
Elke has been publishing her newsletters, magazines and blog posts for the last 20 years and used a lot of this information to write her book on “Who’s Who in the German-Speaking Community” both past and present. If you want a copy of the book, please visit:
Book #2 is also on its away, to be released in the fall of 2021.