The International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF) is excited to announce the addition of two new members to the Board of Trustees – Paul Kitchen and Carl Lisman.
Paul Kitchen lives in Rothesay, NB, about 50 miles from the Canada/US (New Brunswick/ Maine) border. He retired in 2016 after 29 years as the Head of School of Rothesay Netherwood School (RNS), a Canadian Independent coed boarding/day school with students from over 40 different countries.
Paul’s mother was diagnosed with WM in the late 1970’s and passed away in 1983. Paul’s first WM-related treatment was monthly IVIG infusions beginning in 2011. Paul was subsequently diagnosed with WM in 2014, and was treated with Velcade, dexamethasone and rituximab for a four-month regime, followed by two years of a rituximab maintenance regime. Recently, he went back on “watch and wait” as his IgM has been increasing over the last 16 months.
Paul joined the Board of the Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation of Canada (WMFC) in 2018 and was elected Chair in May of 2019.
Carl Lisman lives in Yardley, PA. He retired as the Executive Vice President of PNC bank after a 38 year career in multiple lines of business.
Carl was diagnosed with WM in April of 2017. Having never heard of WM prior to his diagnosis, Carl searched for as much information as he could find. Once connected to the IWMF, Carl was able to find a physician through the IWMF’s physicians directory, and met other members of the WM community through his Philadelphia Support Group.
Carl attended his first IWMF Educational Forum in Philadelphia, and his experience learning and interacting with other members of the WM community made him want to help the IWMF as much as possible.
Paul Kitchen and Carl Lisman are both excited for the opportunity to serve the WM community, and look forward to supporting and educating everyone affected by WM while advancing the search for a cure.