Honouring David Bloom

01/05/2017

Honouring
David Bloom

The man who fundraised millions for multiple myeloma research

 

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The Princess Margaret’s panel of cancer and fundraising experts will share the latest news on multiple myeloma research and what you can do to help.


Leader

David Bloom was a born leader – as a philanthropist who raised millions for multiple myeloma research, and as a successful business man.

In 1967, he worked as a pharmacist at Shoppers Drug Mart, later rising through the ranks to become President and CEO. Under David's leadership, Shoppers doubled its store count, quadrupled its sales, and increased earnings tenfold.

Paul Alofs, President and CEO of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, knew David for many years. He remembers his friend as being “a disruptive leader in the most positive sense of the word,” as he knew how to get results.

"When he asked you to do something, very few people said no," Paul says. "He was persistent, he was diplomatic, he was hard-charging and he was a guy who always got things done."

I didn't want to be a victim of this disease. I wanted to contribute to obtaining knowledge about the disease… until a cure is found.

David Bloom, The Globe and Mail, 2010

Visionary

When David was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, he took control back by taking action.

“I didn't want to be a victim of this disease," he told The Globe and Mail in 2010. "I wanted to contribute to obtaining knowledge about the disease and to find drugs that could stabilize multiple myeloma patients until a cure is found."

David and his wife, Molly, would go on to raise millions of dollars for multiple myeloma research, eventually establishing the Molly and David Bloom Chair in Multiple Myeloma Research.


Disruptor

The Molly and David Bloom Chair in Multiple Myeloma Research is held by Dr. Donna Reece.

Cindy Goelman, the Associate Vice-President of Special Events at The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, says establishing the chair was the Blooms' way of expressing that "The Princess Margaret is a place where you come to be treated for multiple myeloma and where you can expect a good outcome."


Join the fight

Donate or register in the fight against multiple myeloma


Livestream

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Disruptors advancing cancer care

1PM, Thursday, May 25

The stream is currently live.

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  • Suzanne Trudel | Scientist
  • Cindy Leder | Volunteer
  • David Young | Patient
  • Sass Khazzam | Volunteer
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    Suzanne Trudel
    Scientist
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    Cindy Leder
    Volunteer
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    David Young
    Patient
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    Sass Khazzam
    Volunteer

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