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How to Support the Prostate Cancer Foundation this Father’s Day

This Father’s Day support Prostate Cancer Foundation BC by registering for the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run

On Sunday, June 18 Prostate Cancer Foundation BC will be hosting its annual Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run in support of individuals and families diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Photo courtesy of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC

What is the Raymond James Father's Day Walk/Run Charity?

The Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run is a charity event held in several communities across British Columbia. The Run/Walk offers an opportunity to honor the prostate cancer survivors in your life and promote awareness of the third leading cause of cancer death in Canadian men.

Funds raised from the Metro Vancouver, Chilliwack, Kamloops and Kelowna Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run are used towards research, support groups, survivor programs and awareness of prostate cancer through Prostate Cancer Foundation BC.

Join us on Father’s Day, bring your dad or just come out to help support all the men you know. This event is a powerful way to raise awareness and funds in the fight against prostate cancer – from helping people facing the disease in your community to ensuring prostate cancer is a thing of the past for future generations. If you can’t run from it…run for it!

Illustration by Jon Izen in “Finger Up The Bum: A Guide to My Prostate Cancer.”

Michael Izen, one of Prostate Cancer Foundation BC’s biggest champions was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer at the age of 45. In 2016, Michael shared his journey with millions through his book, “Finger Up The Bum: A Guide to My Prostate Cancer.” The book was illustrated by his brother Jon Izen (local Artist and Director) and father J. Roy (Sneeze) Izen (retired Architect), and published by his wife, Gina Woolsey (Author), through Leola Productions. This family project raised over $25,000 in crowdfunding, which allowed over 250 friends and family members to share in making this book.

In his book, Michael explores some of the myths and worries that go along with a diagnosis. He understands the fears men face and uses fabulous cartoons he to cut to the chase with humor and emotion. Now at 50, Michael's time is unfortunately limited. During what time he has left, he hopes to help others and encourage those that can to continue to raise funds and spread awareness. Michael’s health is permitting him to do two talks only in June.

WHEN:

He will be doing a reading and book signing and Finger Up The Bum books will be available to purchase. Both talks will also have local support groups on hand to answer any questions and provide information. Partial proceeds from the sale of books will be donated to Prostate Cancer Foundation BC. For more information visit fingerupthebumbook.com

Prostate Cancer Facts & Resources

Prostate Cancer Statistics in Canada

  • Prostate cancer is the most common cancer to affect men, impacting one in eight men over the course of their lifetime.
  • Prostate Cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in Canadian men (behind lung cancer).
  • Prostate Cancer afflicts men 45 years of age and older, with the incidence increasing with age.
  • Men with a family history of Prostate Cancer are at increased risk so these examinations and tests should begin at age 40.
  • Prostate Cancer has no known causes or prevention.
  • Detection and treatment in its earliest stages (while it is still small and confined to the prostate) provides the best chance for a complete cure.
  • It is estimated 25,500 Canadian men will be diagnosed this year, often without symptoms in its earliest, most treatable stage. In BC 3,400 will be diagnosed and 530 will die in an average year.
  • Support groups are available for men who currently have, or have already recovered from prostate cancer. They provide a forum for personal discussion in an informal setting.

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation BC

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC funds critical programs related to awareness and public education, advocacy, support of those affected, and research into the prevention, detection, treatment and cure of prostate cancer. The Foundation has over 20 support groups all over BC. We have been leading the way in funding young researchers, educating the public and providing resources for men and their families.

Prostate Cancer Foundation BC is a volunteer-based organization that represents BC’s prostate cancer patients, their families and their communities. The Foundation was established in 1998 by a group of prostate cancer survivors who saw the need to raise monies in order to fund and support research into the causes, detection, prevention and the treatment of prostate cancer.

The Foundation is a registered charity led by a volunteer Board of Directors, and an Executive Director, and is supported by its many volunteers. For more information visit www.prostatecancerbc.ca

Author: Leah Lariviere

Leah Lariviere is the Executive Director of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC. She can be reached by email at leah@prostatecancerbc.ca

To learn more about the foundation, visit them online at prostatecancerbc.ca, or connect with them on social at: Twitter: @prostatecancrbc, Instagram: pcfnews, Facebook: @pcf.org

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