Setting the ultimate challenge to raise funds toward a cure



Participant Bruce Plummer sets $24,000 fundraising goal and will not settle until he reaches it
 
“Why do I walk? That’s an easy question It’s because I can!”
 
These are the words of Bruce Plummer as he prepares to walk in the annual Journey to Conquer Cancer Run or Walk 5K, taking place on Sunday, June 21, 2015.
 
Bruce’s team, the “MM Quilt” includes his wife Trudi, his two children Bryan and Leanne as well as a few close friends. The team was created by a friend and Bruce’s wife in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2008 that Bruce joined the team.
 
“By the third year I was asking myself why I wasn’t walking?” says Plummer. “I needed to show my family and friends that I was still able.”
 
Since the creation of the team, the MM Quilt has raised well over $100,000 to support multiple myeloma research at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. This year the team has stepped up their fundraising goal to $24,000 and has already raised over $19,000 with the number growing daily.
 
As a special incentive for the tenth anniversary of the MM Quilt team’s participation, Bruce has vowed to shave his moustache if the team can reach their goal. You may be thinking that shaving a moustache might not seem like much, but Bruce hasn’t shaved his since 1977!
 
“My children have never seen me without my moustache and it somehow survived my stem cell transplant in 2006,” said Bruce.  “I figure I will definitely look five years younger, but it’s not about me, it’s about raising funds so we can find a cure!”
 
Bruce’s journey started in 2005 when his family doctor found a high level of iron in his blood.
Not sure what was wrong, Bruce continued to monitor his iron levels until he received a call from his father one evening.
 
His father learned that his uncle had multiple myeloma, the same cancer that his grandfather passed away from in 1963. Although this disease has not been proven to be genetic, Bruce was diagnosed with the same incurable blood cancer on January 26, 2006.
 
“The journey is hard to explain to someone that isn't on the path.  It's a little bit like having children. You are typically more prepared for children, but life changes forever on the day your first child is born - just like the day you are told you have cancer.”  
 
After being diagnosed, Bruce was transferred to the care of Dr. Trudel at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre where he expresses how grateful he is to be “getting the best care in the world.”
 
Since then Bruce has gone through two different rounds of chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant and has just started his fourth clinical trial this year.
 
“Cancer helps you see better. I think we have different priorities, appreciate things we didn't fully appreciate before, and feel and give love like never before.  It's a curse, no doubt, but there is a bit of a blessing!”  
 
Bruce has been responding to treatment well and is continuing his journey to fight multiple myeloma. What keeps Bruce going? Well that’s an easy question as well. It’s the support of his incredible family and support group. In addition, he has made a bucket list that contains the name of 200 golf courses he plans to play at.
 
“Without things to look forward to such as seeing my children grow up, get married, hold a grandchild, I don’t think I could get through all the treatments, said Bruce. “My family is my why!”
 
Join the Plummer family and the many other participants who will be walking and running to support the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. To sponsor the MM Quilt team and get Bruce to shave his mustache please visit:
 
http://pmhf3.akaraisin.com/pledge/Team/Home.aspx?seid=9549&mid=10&tid=84331
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