2017 Journey to Conquer Cancer Run or Walk - 2017 Journey to Conquer Cancer Run or Walk
Welcome to Nina Rapoport's page

On January 9, 2014, after several weeks of increasingly debilitating back pain, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a rare, incurable cancer of the blood. When it breaks out of its hiding place in the bone marrow, it attacks the body to devastating effect.

After kyphoplasty surgery to 11 of 12 fractured vertebrae, 6 months of treatment (experimental chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant) and ongoing maintenance/stabilizing drugs, my cancer has been in  remission for nearly 2 ½ years, and I am for the most part, pain-free. I’m back on my skis. I’m back on my bike. And until I retired at the end of December 2016, I had been back at work since March of 2015. This is my “new normal”. And it’s really pretty good. I might not have been as lucky 10 years ago.


Here’s a picture of me, living life to its fullest taken in Val d’Isere, France, mid March.


I decided to retire at 58 because the truth is that I don’t really know how long my remission will last, and how long I will be able to enjoy the “new normal” - 3 years? 5 years? 10 years?


On June 18th I’m participating in the 5 km Multiple Myeloma Walk to honour the remarkable medical professionals who were so instrumental in my treatment and recovery. By sponsoring me, you’re helping to provide the funding these wonderful people need to keep doing their incredible work and their research towards a cure.


I’m raising money for another reason. It’s an investment in my future – against the day when the cancer comes back. Make no mistake, it will come back. It’s just a question of when. Despite all the miraculous progress in treating and stabilizing multiple myeloma, there still is no cure. When it returns, the treatments that worked before won’t work again, so new treatments and stabilizing drugs need to be found. By sponsoring me, you’re providing funding to find new treatment and life stabilizing drugs and a cure for multiple myeloma through cutting edge research under the auspices of The Molly and David Bloom Chair at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.


All donations of $15 or more will receive a tax receipt. 
Here is a link to my page where you can sponsor me: https://pmhf3.akaraisin.com/runorwalk2017/NinaRapoport
Of course if you want to do the walk also, we’d love the company. 
Thank you for your generosity.
Nina Rapoport

As one of the top 5 comprehensive cancer research centres in the world, The Princess Margaret is developing innovative cancer therapies that are changing cancer care for patients in Canada and around the world. Thank you so much for your support and with your help, we will CONQUER CANCER IN OUR LIFETIME!