countdown to "an evening among friends"

Our multiple myeloma fundraiser - "An Evening Among Friends" - is a day away. We are really looking forward to the evening which is already a great success. All one hundred and forty tickets have been sold. Yes, there will be a "sold-out" sign on the door. This morning our online donation page met Anneke's original goal of $5000! This does not include donations in the form of cheques that a number of you have sent directly to Anneke. And, of course, it does not include the funds that will be raised at tomorrow evening's bash. The musicians have been rehearsing. The food is being prepared. The silent auction will have a wide variety of unique gifts awaiting bids. Neighbours, friends and family are planning to gather. It promises to be a wonderful evening. Huge thanks to Anneke, her friend Sam and everyone else who is contributing to this remarkable and encouraging event.

By the way, our fundraiser is occurring during the 14th International Myeloma Workshop that is taking place right now in Kyoto, Japan. The International Myeloma Workshop is a biennial scientific meeting that focuses solely on myeloma-related research findings. The research presented at the meeting will cover all areas of multiple myeloma, including the biology, diag­nosis, treatment, and progression of the disease. The funds raised at our local fundraiser are being directed to the Hematology Clinical Trials Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and, in this way, we are participating in ongoing international research into new and improved treatments for multiple myeloma.

Many thanks to all of you who are participating in this effort with your contributions, continuing care and prayer.

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