Raising awareness for mom
Parent’s battle with multiple myeloma inspires son to organize ball hockey fundraiser
Brandon Winsor of Harbour Grace has watched his mom go through some hard times in recent months. He’s hoping a local ball hockey tournament will help others gain a better understanding of what exactly that’s like for her and many others in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Just over a year ago, Christine Winsor was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which causes cancer cells to form in bone marrow and crowd out healthy ones. Since then, she’s taken pills, undergone chemotherapy and lost her hair.
Myeloma NL — that’s the foundation in St. John’s — is really, really small. It’s only a handful of people, and they’ve all got multiple myeloma themselves.
She’s also taken dialysis to treat kidney failure. If Christine is cancer-free for two years, she becomes eligible for the kidney transplant list.
According to her son, Christine is doing well. The presence of the cancer is now limited enough to the point she’s deemed to be in remission.
“But (her doctor) said it will come back again. It’s just a matter of time,” Brandon added. “It could be tomorrow. It could be 10 years down the road. We don’t know”
Prior to his mother’s diagnosis, Brandon did not know a whole lot about multiple myeloma. He’s since learned quite a bit and also become aware of the multiple myeloma community in Newfoundland and Labrador, which is a relatively small one.
“Myeloma NL — that’s the foundation in St. John’s — is really, really small. It’s only a handful of people, and they’ve all got multiple myeloma themselves.”
The first-ever walk for multiple myeloma in Newfoundland and Labrador took place last year, and looking for a way to further help the group, Brandon decided to organize a ball hockey tournament. Proceeds will aid Multiple Myeloma NL.
“I just felt it was in my nature, where I’m dealing with it myself and my mom is, to try and raise awareness,” said Brandon. “Word of mouth only goes so far.”
On July 9 at S.W. Moores Me- morial Stadium, team will compete from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a 50-50 draw, food and drinks and merchandise. Pro- ceeds from a $20 registration fee will also support the cause.
Brandon Winsor of Harbour Grace, right, will host a special ball hockey tournament July 9 at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium. Proceeds from the event will support Multiple Myeloma NL. Brandon’s mom Christine, left, was diagnosed with the form of cancer just over a year ago.