Feature Story Friday, June 20, 2014
Did it for Dad
Chilliwack residents raise $16K for prostrate cancer support and research
Submitted by Dale Erikson, PCCN/Photos submitted
Blue-shirted walkers and runners depart from the ASU Base on the Do it for Dad prostrate fundraiser on Father's Day. Below, some of the great volunteers who helped make the fundraiser happen.
he rain stayed away on Sunday for the 3rd annual Do It For Dad Fatherís Day Walk for Prostate Cancer. There was a lot of enthusiasm amongst the 72 runners and walkers took part in the event and raised in excess of $16,000, which was up from last year.
Similar BC events took place at Kamloops, Victoria and Burnaby and over $160,000 was raised by the time of the walk with more coming in until June 30th. Across Canada there was over $2,000,000 raised. The funds raised will go toward raising awareness about Prostate Cancer and research on the disease that affects 1 out of 8 Canadian men.
The walk started at the former ASU and down the beautiful Rotary trail along the Vedder River. The first runners were back from the 5 km run in less than Ĺ hour and enjoyed a pancake breakfast supplied by Safeway and prepared by the Mt Cheam Lionís club.
The Fatherís Day walk for Prostate Cancer has been going on in BC for 17 years, and this was the third held in Chilliwack. The organizing committee, led by PCCN Chilliwack Chairman, Dale Erikson feels that it was a success with more funds raised than last year and fantastic support from close to 40 wonderful volunteers.
2014 DIFD emcee Ana Macedo, Safeway manager Brad Edmondson, PCCN president Dale Erikson.
What better way to celebrate Fatherís Day than by supporting research and creating awareness for a disease that every day sees 12 BC men finding out that they have Prostate Cancer. But early detection is key to successful treatment.
Prostate Cancer Foundation BC and the Prostate Cancer Canada Network both recommend that men have a PSA test and a Digital Rectal exam after age 45. If you are in a high risk category, such as having African American heritage or have a history of PC in your family, then you should start at age 40.
Next yearís Fatherís Day Walk-Run for Prostate Cancer is scheduled for June 21, 2015. For more information, visit www.procansupport.com/support-groups/fraser-valley/chilliwack
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