Canadian Teleconference Group

Meeting Dates:

July 8, 2022

London, Ontario

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November 7, 2022

Niagara, Ontario

Meeting Dates:

November 7, 2022
December 5, 2022


Ottawa, Ontario

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Vancouver, British Columbia

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Waterloo-Wellington, Greater Toronto Area

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ITP in the News in Canada



Kristin - Living with Immune Thrombocytopenia

Canadian ITP patient and long-time supporter of PDSA, shares her experiences living with ITP.

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Pump It Up for Platelets - London, ON 2020

Group at fundraising event2nd ANNUAL EVENT! In honor of our son Luca, an ITP Warrior, who lost his life but will never be forgotten

Saturday, April 25, 2020
Springbank Garden
285 Wonderland Road, South
London, ON

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2019 ITP Regional Meeting - London, ON

Front of the Grand Hall at Windermere ManorThe 2nd PDSA Canada ITP Regional Meeting was held on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at Winderemere Manor in London, Ontario.  Approximately 50 attendees were present.  Dr. Donald Arnold and Dr. Kristina Kastelanac presented and answered questions.  A panel of three ITP patients shared their journeys with ITP.  It was a great opportunity to learn, connect and share.

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Video from the Regional Meeting

Presentations from the 2019 PDSA Canada ITP Regional Meeting, held in April, 2019 in London, Ontario. The videos are included on a USB Flash Drive. There are over 3 hours of informational content from the meeting.

Includes the following Presentations:

  • What’s New in ITP Research and How Does That Affect Me?
  • Autoimmune Disorders and the Nervous System- A Naturopathic Approach
  • Living with ITP - Patients Share Their Stories

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Luca2019 Pump It Up For Platelets! London, ON

A walk/run fundraising event in honor of Luca, an ITP Warrior who lost his life but will never be forgotten.

It began as a chilly morning in London, Ontario Canada, but well over 200 people showed up in support of Luca's family! Luca's mom spoke to the crowd about their journey with ITP. Then... after a fun warm-up session, the runners, walkers, scooter riders and dogs were off on a beautiful 5 kilometer course along the river.

This wonderful event raised over $13,000 for ITP research, awareness and PDSA programs and services. THANK YOU!!!

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2017 ITP Regional Meeting - Montreal, QC

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Peer Voice: Counting on New Approaches to Improve Outcomes in ITP: Translating Updated Recommendations Into Optimal Patient-Centred Care

(available in English and French)
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Vanishing Platelets: Issues in Thrombocytopenia

In the following series, Hematologists from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, explain the multiple variables they confront in patients with chronic ITP and the balancing act of treating not just numbers, but also the patient's unique symptoms and circumstances.



PDSA Canada in the Press

Chrystal GelleinNew hope for ITP patients dashed by high drug cost

Without access to eltrombopag, Gellein continues to take other medications and suffer from side-effects of anxiety, depression, weakness, nausea and dizziness. She is admitted to hospital several times each year for emergency treatment, which is common for patients with uncontrolled ITP.

She wants people to know the ripple effect it has caused on those around her, and desperately wants her life back.

"My life could have been so much different with these drugs," said Gellein. "Something needs to change, if not for me, for the hundreds of young people being diagnosed with ITP in Canada every year."

- By Dr. Meera Dalal for CBC News.  Photo courtesy of Chrystal Gellein.

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McMaster University prof kicks off platelet support group in Canada

"Donald Arnold, associate professor of medicine, is helping jump start the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA) in Canada, a not-for-profit patient advocacy group that has been very active in the U.S. It aims to improve the lives of people with ITP and other platelet disorders through education, advocacy, research and support.

Arnold, a hematologist, is a medical advisor for the PDSA, which is holding its first meeting April 29 in Montreal. This meeting is geared for ITP patients, caregivers and the medical community."

- By McMaster University

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The Platelet Disorder Support Association is officially a Canada Not-for-Profit Corporation. This status will allow PDSA to expand our educational and support services.

Thank you to the following companies for supporting our Canadian programs:

Gold Sponsor:
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