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Cheryl Petruk, is the Executive Director and Founder of the Canadian MPN Research Foundation, and the Executive Director of the Canadian MPN Network. Cheryl was a caregiver to her late husband, who had Post ET – MF. Eugene’s journey with an MPN blood cancer, concluded in 2018, when he succumbed to the disease. Through his journey, Cheryl embraced the knowledge, and the experience to be able to carry on Eugene’s legacy and has a passion for helping others in this same situation.
In 2014, the Canadian MPN Network as started with 10 other Canadian MPN Patients, Since then the CMPN Network now has 8 patient support groups, in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Barrie, Montreal and soon in Eastern Canada, and holds a National yearly conference in Toronto. The Canadian MPN Research Foundation was founded in 2017, and its mission is to support new and existing research and research related projects in the Canadian MPN Blood Cancer Community and enhance the patient experience and journey with this rare non curable disease.
Cheryl is also highly active in the Global MPN Community, providing support and knowledge to MPN Patient Advocacy groups from around the world. Cheryl is a co author of a recent article Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, A Patient perspective, that was recently published in Advances in Therapy. Cheryl also speaks at various conferences on MPN Blood Cancers, Patient Advocacy and the importance of Patient Centricity and share treatment decision making.
Cheryl has translated her business background as an HR professional to that of being a leader in the Not for Profit, MPN Community. She holds her MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University, and her Bachelor of management form University of Lethbridge. Cheryl teaches HR and Business Courses part time at an international college. Cheryl will also be starting to provide Patient advocacy training to Canadian Patient Advocates starting in 2021 with her organization of HEAL Canada