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Richmond residents bike to beat Myeloma

By The Canadian Press

Published 11:18 PDT, Fri May 24, 2024

On May 25, at 8:30 a.m. residents within the Richmond region will be hopping on their bikes to participate in the 3rd annual Richmond Myeloma Canada Ride to raise awareness and funds for multiple myeloma, a little-known and incurable blood cancer. 

Every day, 11 Canadians are diagnosed with myeloma, yet sadly most people have never heard of this 2nd most common blood cancer until they or a loved one are diagnosed. Because myeloma is not well known within the general public, signs and symptoms are often dismissed and so diagnosis can take months or even years.

Increasing awareness for myeloma is the first step to ensure a timely diagnosis and the hope of a better prognosis. Unfortunately, delays in diagnosis can lead to complications that may negatively impact quality of life and survival.

"The imperative to raise awareness and funds for myeloma is a matter of life and death." says Martine Elias, chief executive officer at Myeloma Canada. Elias continues, "Awareness for earlier diagnosis and investments in new and innovative drug therapies are crucial to ensuring that people with myeloma have the best outcomes possible. That's why events like the Richmond Myeloma Canada Ride are so crucial. They raise awareness at the local and national level and vital funds for novel treatments to improve the lives of Canadians impacted by myeloma and move us even closer to a cure."

The Myeloma Canada Ride will be taking place in six picturesque Canadian locations this spring: Red Deer County, AB (May 11), Vankleek Hill, ON (May 11), Richmond, BC (May 25), Niagara Region, ON (May 26), Sudbury, ON (June 2) and Halifax, NS (June 2). A virtual option is also available for those unable to participate at one of the in-person events or who wish to create their own cycling challenge. The collective national fundraising goal of the Myeloma Canada Ride is $300,000.

Richmond's 3rd annual Myeloma Canada Ride has set its fundraising goal at $30,000. With 2 routes to choose from – a shorter, more leisurely 30–40 km route, or a more challenging 60 - 90 km route – the ride is an exciting and rewarding way to raise awareness and funds for an important cause. To register or donate, visit

Funds raised through The Myeloma Canada Ride are invested in curing and preventing myeloma through investment in Canadian research, accelerating equitable access to the best care, and improving lives by empowering and supporting all Canadians impacted by this devastating disease. 

To learn more, or to donate, please visit

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