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Tribute to Canadian myeloma activist, Carol Westberg

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Tribute to Canadian myeloma activist, Carol Westberg

Nancy, one of MMB’s most faithful readers, wanted to pass-along the sad news that a pioneer of the Canadian myeloma community, Carol Westberg, passed away recently.  I never met Carol, but I did exchange emails with her from time to time.  She was always helpful and upbeat.  I’m sure she will be missed!

In Memoriam: Carol Ann Westberg

December 4, 1954 – January 24, 2013

Carol WThe Canadian myeloma community lost one of its fiercest warriors with the passing of Carol Westberg on January 24th, 2013. After being diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2004, Carol’s focus and mission became one of helping others with this devastating disease.

Carol started the myeloma support group in Calgary and co-founded the Southern Alberta Myeloma Patient Society (SAMPS) whose mission is to raise public awareness of this rare cancer and to raise funds for myeloma research. In addition to her work with the support group in Calgary, Carol also worked with Myeloma Canada and was a member of the organization.

A passionate advocate for the myeloma community, Carol championed such causes as the need for a National Catastrophic Drug Coverage Program and funding for expensive life-saving drugs. In recognition of her tireless efforts, this past September Myeloma Canada named Carol this year’s recipient of The Excellence in Advocacy Medal (TEAM) Award at the National Conference. The TEAM Award is awarded annually to individuals who make a difference in fighting for equitable access to myeloma treatments.

Carol’s leadership, passion, devotion and humanity helped countless myeloma warriors. She will be deeply missed, but her legacy will live on.

Carol is survived by her Soul mate Doug Bauer; her parents Alvin and Helen Westberg; her children, Craig Hanson, Shona (Chris) Evans, Lee (Shantel) Hanson; eight grandchildren, Seija, Bronte, Kai, Wyatt, Zaiden, Jager, Oakley, Cruz and a grandchild on the way; her sisters Bev (Randy) Westberg, Leslie (Gerry) Adam and their children Hannah and Justin; her brother Dean (Shelly) Westberg and their children Carly and Avery.

A wonderful woman, indeed!  Pattie and I wish her family and our fellow myeloma patients and caregivers up in Canada that knew her all our best.  Rest in Peace, Carol!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat