Remembering David Bloom


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David Bloom, a great friend of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation who helped raised millions for multiple myeloma research, has passed away.

He died at his family home on Sunday.

Bloom had a long career with Shoppers Drug Mart, rising to become its chief executive.

A decade ago, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. After he was treated at The Princess Margaret, he began raising money for research into the disease.

He and his wife, Molly, established a Chair in Multiple Myeloma Research, which is held by Dr. Donna Reece. This was the first of its kind in Canada. The Blooms, along with friends, colleagues and family, continued to raise money to support it.

"One of the challenges I had was, I didn't want to be a victim of this disease," David Bloom told The Globe and Mail in 2010. "I wanted to contribute to obtaining knowledge about the disease and to find drugs that could stabilize multiple myeloma patients until the cure is found."

Bloom also supported the Multiple Myeloma: M-Moving Together Toward the Cure 5K Walk, an annual event that sees hundreds of people raise money for research into the disease. 

This year alone, more than $770,000 was raised. Bloom raised more than $75,000 himself.

He was deeply appreciative of the support others provided for the cause.

Paul Alofs, the president and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, recalls Bloom as a leader, supporter and role model for everyone at the foundation.

"We lost a great Canadian and a fine man," Alofs wrote in a memorial note on Facebook after Bloom's passing. "I will hold the fond memories, laughs, fist bumps, and stories in my heart."

Bloom is survived by his wife and children, his grandchildren, as well as his siblings, his nieces and nephews.

His family is asking that memorial donations be made to the Molly and David Bloom Chair in Multiple Myeloma Research at The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

David Bloom will be greatly missed.