Tuesday, June 18, 2013

 

Community News

Crossing the Line

Chilliwack raises $13K in run/walk for prostrate cancer

Submitted by Dale Erikson, PCCN Chilliwack/Photos submitted

 

unday turned out to be a beautiful day for the 2nd annual Father's Day Walk for Prostate Cancer. 72 runners and walkers took part in the event and raised in excess of $13,000.

 

Similar events took place at several other locations across BC and over $196,000 was raised by the time of the walk with more coming in until June 30th.

 

The funds raised will go toward raising awareness about Prostate Cancer and research on the disease that affect 1 out of 7 Canadian men.

 

The first runners were back from the 5 km run in less than hour. Then they enjoyed a pancake breakfast supplied by Safeway and prepared by the Mt Cheam Lion's club.
 

The Father's Day walk for Prostate Cancer has been going on in BC for 16 years, and this was the second one held in Chilliwack. The organizing committee, led by PCCN Chilliwack Chairman, Dale Erikson feels that it was a success with more funds raised than the first year and very good support from close to 40 volunteers.


What better way to celebrate Father's 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 year's Father's Day walk Run for prostate Cancer is scheduled for June 15, 2014

 

The PCCN Chilliwack host regular information meetings with guest speakers from the medical field. Watch The Voice for these important announcements. For more information visit the PCCN local chapter website here.

 

See photos from this year's walk-run below.

 

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