A memorial fund has been established in honour of Rob Murenbeeld to highlight the importance of research for Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia.
Rob was born in Windsor, Ontario in 1959 moving to Toronto in the mid 1980’s. While living in High Park are for more than 25 years he loved long walks in the park and along the waterfront.
As a software engineer Rob worked for Optech Incorporated for 20 years developing various versions of the Shoals system which used lasers aimed from a low flying airplane to measure near shore water depth.
Rob was fascinated by science, technology and the environment. His love for sports kept him active in hockey, basketball and baseball. His passion for the outdoors was enjoyed through camping, hiking and canoeing.
In 2007, at the age of 48 Rob was diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia. Young and full of life he showed incredible courage and determination in fighting this rare cancer. His compassion for others living with WM never diminished during this time. Then in 2011 his cancer had transformed to a more aggressive blood cancer and Rob sadly passed away just six months later at the age of 52. Through it all Rob was surrounded by a loving and supportive family who continue to support WM research.
The Robert Murenbeeld Memorial Fund has been created to emphasize the great need to find a cure and give others a chance at a life that was cut short for Rob.
One hundred percent of donations made to the Robert Murenbeeld Memorial Fund will be directed to our Research fund.