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Father’s Day is going to be great morning- here are your last minute details!

The weather is looking great – Sunday’s forecast is calling for sun and warm weather!  
Time to dry off the running shoes, open up the sunscreen and support all men diagnosed with prostate cancer!
We have a great morning planned for you.  Here’s what you can expect:
– a great 5K or 10k route to get a head start on working off the delicious pancake breakfast you are going to eat when you are done!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND:  cross the finish line, you get a medal…chocolate medal from Rocky Mountain Chocolates that is!
Four Frames Photo Booth will be back, taking some super shots of you and your entire family.  Get ready to get goofy!
– Bouncy castle, face painting, make a craft for dad – everything you need to keep the kids entertained!
– live music
– make sure you plan to bring a few extra bucks – this year we are running a 50 / 50 draw (it won’t be too late to buy your dad a REALLY nice gift with these winnings!!!)
All of this PLUS supporting a really good cause.  Your Father’s Day plans cannot get any better!!!

If you have signed up already, there is still time to raise some extra funds!  Check out these great fundraising incentive prizes!

Raise $250
Your name is entered into 3 draws for Jugo Juice for a year.
Raise $500
Your name is entered for a BPM Drop In Spin Class Card along with Jugo Juice for a year.
Raise $1000

Your name is entered to win a fully installed Shaw PVR.

Where do you pick up your event (i.e. race package) goodies?
Race packages will be available at Frontrunners (1200 Vancouver Street) on:
Friday, June 16th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday, June 17th, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Remaining packages will be available at the Registration Tent on event day.

Do you know of someone else that would like to join you on Sunday?
 (online registration will be open until Friday, June 16th at 6:00 pm)

Thanks to Raymond James, 100% of the money raised will fund the free programs and services provided by Island Prostate Centre.

Looking forward to seeing you on Father’s Day!

I am running in honour of my dad. Who will you be running for?

Last summer, I had the delight of spending two weeks cycling through South Korea with my daughter.  She lives a world away, in Edinburgh, so it was special that we could share an activity that we both love.  It reminded me of the sailing trips I used to have with my Dad; we were both passionate about sailing!

My Dad died far too young, of prostate cancer.  Dad had the aggressive kind that eventually spread to his back, which made it difficult for him to walk . . . and sail.   My Dad’s generation didn’t talk about prostate cancer.  It was widely believed that prostate cancer was something you didn’t treat.  The popular belief is that men die with prostate cancer, not from it.

If my Dad had access to awareness and screening programs at an organization like Island Prostate Centre, he might have been diagnosed and treated earlier and we could have had many more adventures together.

I met a man recently, I’ll call him Adam. Adam had important life work to finish but he could only work on it for one week in every three. The other two weeks he was too sick from his chemo treatments. Adam is now fighting for his life because of prostate cancer. His family and friends are asking why he didn’t get it checked before it was too late. Adam is asking himself the same question.  My Dad was the same, he didn’t get checked.

It’s stories like this that motivate me to actively volunteer and support Island Prostate Centre in every way I can.  As an active volunteer on IPC’s Board of Directors, I see many men who are empowered to make informed quality of life decisions about their prostate health.  This is why I support IPC monthly, belong to the Gifts of Five Circle, have sponsored the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run through my business of Serenity Home Care and have signed up as a fundraising runner for the last 5 years.

I know that as a son of a father who had prostate cancer, I need to keep a close eye on things.  With early detection, prostate cancer can be treated before it spreads. This is where Island Prostate Centre comes in. Island Prostate Centre provides free PSA tests, educates men on the importance of getting checked regularly and supports men and their families who are facing a diagnosis.

Island Prostate Centre is here to prevent stories like Adam’s and my Dad’s.

Island Prostate Centre does not charge for its service and does not receive government funding. On June 18th I will be running in the Raymond James Father’s Day Run for Prostate Cancer because if you can’t run from it, run for it!  Please join me!

To register for the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk / Run – click here

To make a donation to IPC –  click here

To volunteer –  click here

For sponsorship opportunities click here 

Raymond James – Life Well Lived

Raymond James – Life Well Lived

By Andre Valade, Senior Vice President, Branch Manager at Raymond James Ltd.

Raymond James and its employees share a desire to give back to the communities in which we work and live. We believe that being active in our communities helps us continue to grow a successful business and build strong personal relationships.

Across the firm, our people volunteer their time and talents to make a difference in the lives of others.  Here in Victoria, Raymond James is the title sponsor of Island Prostate Centre’s Father’s Day Walk/Run in support of prostate cancer.  This annual event takes place on Father’s Day, this year, on June 18, 2017.

At Raymond James, we know that prostate cancer affects one in eight men in our communities.   Because of our sponsorship, 100% of funds raised will directly support programs and services at Island Prostate Centre that serve men and their families on Vancouver Island.

What is Island Prostate Centre? 

Island Prostate Centre is a small local organization that provides supporting programming to men and their families when they are faced with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Their on-site registered nurse provides in-person and by-phone private support for men in pre-treatment, during treatment and post-treatment decision making stages.This nurse support program and all of their other survivorship programs are free and no referral is necessary.  To visit IPC’s website, please click here.

 Other Island Prostate Centre Programs include:

  • Prostate Cancer Support Group with expert presenters
  • Cancer recovery exercise program with a certified sports and cancer exercise therapist
  • Diet and nutrition program
  • Lending library and comprehensive website
  • Free psychological counselling

We know we can’t run from prostate cancer so we are running for it!​  Run with Us!

Join us at Raymond James in supporting the men and their families in our communities:

Consider forming a team and participating in the event – click here to register

Sponsor the event as a business owner – click here to sponsor

Make a donation in support of Island Prostate Centre – click here 

 

Why Volunteering Is a Healthy Choice!

Just like eating our leafy greens and getting plenty of fresh air and exercise, volunteering can help keep us physically healthy.   Studies have found that volunteers tend to become more active, can better cope with everyday tasks and have better thinking skills.  Did you know that volunteers are even less likely to develop issues like depression, obesity and high blood pressure, too!   Does this want to make you want to sign up right now??

Those same studies show that engaging with our community and helping others gives us those happy endorphin’s and then the more we give, the happier we end up feeling!  What a deal!  With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer, but adding a little more giving for a happier life is worth the time and effort.      

Well, Island Prostate Centre is here for you – helping to make you feel better about yourself!  We just happen to be looking for volunteers for the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run on Sunday June 18 from 8am to noon, in roles such as Route Marshaling or helping at the Water Stations.  Always remember that volunteering is even healthier for you when you’re having fun with it!  We get that and that’s why we’ve got fun built right into our volunteer roles for this year’s Father’s Day event!

Here are just some of the fun benefits of volunteering with us on Father’s Day:

Your can spend time in some fresh air while cheering on runners and walkers
You can volunteer with your Dad on Father’s Day, or with a friend if you want to!
You can enjoy some live music and a free pancake breakfast
You can visit the propped-out photo booth for a portrait when you’re finished your shift

Sound like fun?  Click here to volunteer for the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run!  We need your help and hey, we want you to be as healthy as you can be!

 

 

Running and Walking for the Health of it!

Did you know May 1 -7 is Mental Health Week?   This national event takes to encourage people from all walks of life to learn, talk, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health.

So how does this relate to prostate cancer and the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run?

Any serious illness can impact mental health.  Receiving a potentially fatal diagnosis, going through treatment protocols, and learning to live with limitations can cause depression, as can side effects from some prostate cancer treatments.   Island Prostate Centre is here to provide support to Vancouver Island men and their families when they are faced with a prostate cancer diagnosis.

IPC offers many free programs and supports to men and their families when they need them most.  Those that have the largest impact on mental wellness our

  • nurse support program
  • monthly peer support meetings
  • cost free psychological counselling
  • volunteer led walking group
  • cancer recover exercise program

It’s because of individual donors, sponsors and people like you who participate and fundraise for the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run that we can offer these programs without any cost to the men who use them!.

PS and a “DID YOU KNOW”  – Studies show that making donations, regardless of the size, is good for your mental health!  A study by the National Institutes (in the US) monitored their subject’s brains and found that those who made donations to charities of their choice, had feel-good reactions in their brains.  These happy feelings increased even more when there is an emotional attachment to a person who will benefit from the gift!

If you can’t run from it, run for it . . .run with us!   Enjoy the great outdoors and boost your happy chemicals while raising funds for men with prostate cancer.

To register for the Father’s Day event, click here

Need more motivation to get involved, check out this year’s amazing prizes.

It’s National Volunteer Week!

It’s National Volunteer Week and we just want to say thanks!

Island Prostate Centre has now been serving men and their families on Vancouver Island for 17 years. Since IPC has always had a very small staff complement, you can imagine how important our volunteers have been, and continue to be for us!

Incredibly, we have volunteers who have been with us from day one and those who have joined us more recently. Our volunteers undertake very committed roles, from providing nurse support, varied aspects of peer support to men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer, and lots of projects and activities in between.

We thank all of you! A few months ago, we posted this blog ‘You make a difference in the dash’ . Please know that your dashes have helped us in so many ways.

Lately, we’ve been spending a lot of time with our Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run Committee! As you know, this run is coming up on Sunday, June 18, Father’s Day. Hundreds of hours are spent by our volunteers in planning the route, organizing prizes, food, entertainment and even organizing all of the volunteers who help out on the day. Yup, even our Volunteer Coordinator is a volunteer herself.

We simply could not begin to do what we do for men and their families in our community if we didn’t have our community of volunteers supporting our efforts. Are you thinking about volunteering for our Father’s Day Walk Run this year? Click here!

And if volunteering isn’t for you, that’s okay. There are so many other ways to support Island Prostate Centre. Participating in our Raymond James Father’s Day Walk Run is one of them! Click here to register today!   To make a donation in support of our event, please visit our website.

I want my Poppa to stay alive so he can see me grow up to be a big, strong man like him.

Hi. My name is Owen and I am 9 and a half years old.

My Poppa is one of the most important people in my life and I love him so very much. Four years ago my Poppa was told he had prostate cancer.

I wanted to help my Poppa, so I decided to start fundraising for the Island Prostate Centre through the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run. I have tried lots of different things for fundraising: I did not ask for birthday presents or Christmas presents, instead I asked my friends, family and even Santa to please donate money for Poppa’s cancer. I have done lemonade stands, sold Popcorn for Poppa and Freezies for Fathers. Every month I take our bottles to the bottle depot and the money I get I donate.

The doctors need to find a way to make Poppa’s cancer go away, and all the other cancer in the world. I want Poppa’s cancer to go away because I love him very much. I want him to stay alive so he can see me grow up to be a big, strong man like him.

When I started fundraising, my goal was to raise $1000 and now four years later I have raised over $15,000!!!

Sometimes kids think they can’t make a difference in the world but we can. We have the power to make peoples lives better. Being kind, smiling and being friendly are all good ways to help the world. I would like to challenge all the kids out there who know someone affected by prostate cancer to step up and do some fundraising. It can be lots of fun and helpful at the same time! Let’s prove to all the grown ups, that kids care and want to make the world a better place!
I need your help so together we can defeat cancer. I am not going to stop fundraising until there is a cure for cancer. I want to help people and I need your help! So please, won’t you help me?

April 18th is the last day for early bird registration.  Sign up today to join Owen and his Poppa at this year’s event.
 
Want to support Owen in his fundraising or help by making a donation?  Please click here for more information.

IF YOU CAN’T RUN FROM IT, RUN FOR IT!

We know we can’t run from prostate cancer so we are running for it!​

Run with Us!

April has finally arrived in Victoria and along with the blossoms (finally!) and warmer air (well, sometimes!) comes the preparation and training for the Raymond James Father’s Day Walk/Run.

Did you know that our Early Bird price of $30 is open until April 18! Please run with us!

Running with us means that Island Prostate Centre can continue to deliver our top quality prostate survivorship programs. You are helping to empower men and their families to make the right treatment and health decisions for them and their families.  When you run with us, you are surround by like-minded people who are running or walking for the same reason you are!   One in Eight men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year – and you are raising valuable funds for IPC while doing it.  Need help with some ideas of getting your fundraising going, click here for some really easy tips!

Running with us might not feel like you are saving lives, but tell that to Mike Heit! Your fundraising supports our early screening program. If Mike hadn’t attended our Country Grocer Men’s Health Day last September, he would not have known that for him, prostate cancer treatment was needed immediately.

Running just for running’s sake may not be enough reason to tie up those running shoes, but raising valuable funds for IPC might be great motivator to maintain your running/walking training plan!   To put some fun into your fundraising, we have an amazing list of incentives from supporters in our community who care about men and the services available to them. Check it out!

If you are running with us for a very special reason, please share with us as your story may inspire others to participate. Remember, the early bird registration ends April 18 and with $150 raised, you can run with us on Father’s Day at no cost!

If you can’t run from it, run for it . . . run with us!    Register today!

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