Feature Story                                                            Sunday June 26, 2016

 

In Giving Colour

5th Annual Father's Day Walk Run growing each year

Dale Erikson, PCCN/Photos submitted

 

The 2016 Father's Day Walk Run for Prostrate Cancer was Team Fraser Valley Wealth Management. Below, top fundraisers with organizer Dale Erickson (2nd from left).

 

he weather June 19th did not look good on the morning of the 5th annual Father's Day Walk for Prostate Cancer. However, other than a little bit of very light rain it turned into a perfect morning for a walk.

 

For the second year the major sponsor was Raymond James and they were very well represented in the walk and volunteering. This year's event continued to grow with about 25% more runners and walkers (130) took part in the event.

Final numbers are not in yet as the website is open for donations until the end of June, but initial numbers show that the Chilliwack event and raised about 25% more than the same time in 2015. Similar BC events took place at Kamloops, Kelowna Victoria and Burnaby.

 

Chilliwack-Hope MP Mark Strahl speaks at the fundraiser. Emcee Ana Macedo listens. Below, Chilliwack MLA John Martin and the talented Mayor Sharon Gaetz gives her rendition the National Anthem.

 

The funds raised will go toward raising awareness about Prostate Cancer and research on the disease that affects 1 out of 8 Canadian men. Besides raising funds the event is meant to raise awareness about Prostate cancer and the need for men to be checked regularly with the DRE and a PSA test.

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 just over 25 minutes and all the walkers and volunteers enjoyed a pancake breakfast prepared by the Mt Cheam Lion's Club.

The Father's Day walk for Prostate Cancer has been going on in BC for 18 years, and this was the fifth year for the event in Chilliwack.

 

The local organizing committee, led by PCCN Chilliwack Chairman Dale Erikson and Vice-Chairman Marc Gosselin, feel that it was a success with more walkers and funds raised than last year and fantastic support from over 35 wonderful volunteers.


What better way to celebrate Father's Day than by supporting research and creating awareness for a disease that every working day sees 12 BC men finding out that they have Prostate Cancer. But early detection is the key to successful treatment.

 

And they're off from The Running Room Arch!

 

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC and the Prostate Cancer Canada Network both recommend that men have an annual 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.

Remember to join us next year's Father's Day walk Run for prostate Cancer is scheduled for June 18, 2017.

PCCN Chilliwack is the local Prostate Cancer Support group that holds their meetings at the Mt Cheam Lions Club on the First Thursday of each month except July, August and January.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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