Feature Story Thursday June 21, 2012
Heart on Heels
Chilliwack's 1st Annual Father's Day Walk for Prostrate Cancer raises an amazing $12,000
Released by Dale Erikson, PCCN Chilliwack/Voice photos
Runners were first out of the gate followed by walkers for the 1st Annual Chilliwack Father's Day Walk For Prostrate Cancer.
hile the weather wasnít perfect on Sunday, the heavier rain stayed away until most of the runners were back at the ASU enjoying a pancake breakfast prepared by the Mt Cheam Lionís club. Registration started at the ASU at Keith Wilson and Korea Rd at 8 AM, with the walk start at the Running Room starting gate at 9:30 AM and 23 minutes, later some of the runners returned from the 5 KM walk/run.
The Fatherís Day Walk for Prostate Cancer has been going on in BC for 15 years, but this was the first time that it was held in Chilliwack. And the organizing committee, led by PCCN Chilliwack Chairman, Dale Erikson feels that it was a success.
The Chilliwack event raised close to $12,000 with 81 walker/runners participating. Province wide with other events in Burnaby, Victoria, Kelowna and Kamloops there was over $170,000 raised with more coming in until June 30th. The funds will be going to raise awareness about Prostate Cancer and funding research into treatment and a cure for the common disease.
When asked if the event would be held again next year, Erikson said well today everybody is pretty tired as it has been a lot of work in preparation for the day, but when we look at the overwhelming support that we received from the community in terms of fundraising, prizes for fundraisers and volunteers, people coming out for the event, etc., it would pretty hard not to say that we will hold a similar event on June 16, 2013. And comments like, ďThis has been a very enjoyable event, next year we will bring our whole family to start our Fatherís Day celebrations right here.Ē
And really what better way to celebrate Fatherís Day than by supporting research and creating awareness for a disease that will affect 1 out of 7 men in their lifetime. It is more common in men than Breast Cancer is in women and every working day in 12 BC men find out that they have Prostate Cancer. However, early detection is key to successful treatment.
Prostate Cancer Foundation BC and the Prostate Cancer Canada Network bot advocate that all men have a PSA test and a Digital Rectal exam after age 45. And if you are in a high risk category, like having African American heritage or have a history of PC in you family, then you should start at age 40.
Recently there has been some criticism about the value of PSA testing, however, it is the best test available to us right now. And as Erikson says, myself and many other men may not have been diagnosed without the PSA test. So to those survivors, the test is a real life saver!
For more information about the local PCCN chapter, visit www.ca.movember.com
PCCN, PCFBC and PCCN Chilliwack would like to thank all of the participants, volunteers, prize donors listed below and everyone that helped in make the 1st Annual Chilliwack Fatherís Day Walk for Prostate Cancer a success. We really appreciate your help!
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