ALBERTA ELECTION: APRIL 16, 2019

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MYELOMA ADVOCACY PROGRAM (MAP)

When someone is living with myeloma, the effects are far-reaching …from the individual to their families, caregivers and loved ones. Part of Myeloma Canada’s mission is to strengthen our communities’ voices and improve patient outcomes. The Alberta election on April 16th is the perfect opportunity to do just that. We must rally together and be heard so that myeloma patients in Alberta have access to new innovations in treatment therapies they critically require in order to have the quality of life they deserve.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

You need you to take action, today. Whether you’re a patient, caregiver or family member, now is the time to contact your local provincial candidates. Tell them of the imperative for timely access to new myeloma treatments. We need to be vocal during this election so that political parties see our Alberta myeloma community as their priority.

BE HEARD DURING THE ALBERTA 2019 ELECTION CAMPAIGN

When someone is living with myeloma, the effects are far-reaching …from the individual to their families, caregivers and loved ones. Part of Myeloma Canada’s mission is to strengthen our communities’ voices and improve patient outcomes. The Alberta election on April 16th is the perfect opportunity to do just that. We must rally together and be heard so that myeloma patients in Alberta have access to new innovations in treatment therapies they critically require in order to have the quality of life they deserve.

TAKE ACTION TODAY

You need you to take action, today. Whether you’re a patient, caregiver or family member, now is the time to contact your local provincial candidates. Tell them of the imperative for timely access to new myeloma treatments. We need to be vocal during this election so that political parties see our Alberta myeloma community as their priority.

BE HEARD DURING THE ALBERTA 2019 ELECTION CAMPAIGN

WE NEED ACCESS TO APPROVED MYELOMA DRUGS, NOW.

PATIENTS CAN NO LONGER WAIT.

Cancer doesn’t work around our schedules so myeloma patients shouldn’t have to work around governments’.

Multiple myeloma is a complex disease characterized by cycles of disease control and relapse. In most cases, treatment will eventually lose its effect. Timely access to the latest medical developments and therapies is crucial to survival.

We are fortunate that several life-changing treatments have been approved by Health Canada in recent years. However, even the best treatments are irrelevant if patients don’t have access to them. Access to these medical innovations remains delayed for Albertans. We, the myeloma patient community in Alberta, simply cannot afford to wait.

The time is now for our government to support innovation, fund oncology treatments and make them accessible to the Alberta myeloma community. More than ever, we need to work together, to make our voices heard, so we can gain timely access to new drugs proven to be effective in managing this disease. Thousands of patients and lives are depending on it.

WHY WE NEED TO BE HEARD:

  • Create awareness for myeloma.
  • Advocate for provincial drug budgets to reflect the growing need for drugs that are necessary to sustain and maintain the health and quality of life of Alberta citizens, including myeloma patients.
  • Implement public policy reforms to accelerate and improve accessibility to effective cancer treatments, including myeloma.
  • Clarify and streamline the roles of the federal and provincial governments, and their agencies, so as to avoid duplication, delays and unnecessary resources in reviewing and approving potentially life-saving therapies.
  • Engage patients at all levels of the drug approval process.
  • Invest in myeloma and cancer research to not only improve the health outcomes of myeloma patients in Alberta, but to ultimately find a cure for this disease.

WHY IS ACTION SO IMPORTANT?

  • Without action, there is no change. With change comes innovation, therapy advancements and improved quality of life.
  • Politicians react to voters. They need to hear myeloma patients can lead full, productive lives with access to these therapies.
  • We need to work together to effect change!

ACTION STARTS WITH YOU.

Write your local provincial candidates, whether you are patient, a family member, a caregiver or a friend and urge them to take action today!
Start your own set of chain reactions. Fight on behalf of someone whose life has been changed by myeloma: it may be you, or someone you love – your wife, husband, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, sister, brother, daughter, son, friend…

DRIVE ADVOCACY IN THE ALBERTA ELECTION THROUGH MYELOMA CANADA’S MYELOMA ADVOCACY PROGRAM (MAP)

Send an email to your local provincial candidates

As patients or supporters of loved ones, you have a valuable role to play to ensure treatments are accessible. Your voice will not go unheard and it could make the difference for thousands of people living with multiple myeloma.

Please take a moment to fill out the fields provided to begin the short and easy process of emailing your local representative. You’ll have the option to send the pre-generated letter as is, or you can edit it if you wish. It’s that easy. We encourage you to personalize your letter by adding a specific call to action.

Here are a few ways to increase the impact of your letter:

By participating in this campaign in large numbers, the emails received by the candidates will not go unnoticed and will draw attention to the issues at hand.

Completing the information below will direct you to an email link that’s directly addressed to your party candidates. Again, you can either send the message as is, or please feel free to edit it and make it your own.

Tell your local candidates for MLA that you think patients should have access to new medications that will help them live with myeloma. You can use the content below as a guide for your letter. You can personalize the message.

 

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Myeloma Patient Handbook

DOWNLOAD THE ALBERTA ELECTION BACKGROUNDER

Are you or a loved one living with myeloma? Download this quick backgrounder with important information you need for the provincial election.