Interior Savings Supports 17th Annual ‘Do It For Dad’ Run & Walk to Fight Prostate Cancer
Interior Savings has once again offered its generous support for the 17th Annual Do It For Dad Run/Walk to fight prostate cancer in the North Okanagan.
“One in eight Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime,” said Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings. “This affects many people in our community and we are honoured to join with the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation to support those in our lives who are battling the disease and to help promote early screening.”
For the past 14 years, Interior Savings has sponsored the event to fight prostate cancer, which is the third leading cause of death from cancer in men in Canada. On average, 66 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer every day and it is estimated 11 Canadian men will die from this disease daily.
The annual event, organized by the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and the Vernon Prostate Cancer Support & Awareness Group will take place Father’s Day, June 19th at Coldstream Ranch.
‘Do It For Dad’ features a fun-filled morning beginning with the Coldstream Fire Department signaling the start of the race with their fire truck sirens. Entertainment is provided by The Kalamalka Highlanders Pipe Band, Kalamalka Caring Klowns and face painting.
Event Founder and Honourary Chair, Dr. April Sanders, will be presenting awards and prizes donated by local supporters, to top finishers in male and female categories, as well as most funds raised by an individual and a team. The winning team will have their names engraved on the PSA Cup, which has been held for the past two years by Doreen’s T-Bags.
Brian Martin of Sun FM will be returning as the master of ceremonies and following the run & walk lunch will be provided thanks to the generosity of Subway.
All proceeds raised from Do It For Dad stay in the North Okanagan community to assist with the education & awareness of prostate cancer. This year, funds are being raised and to purchase equipment for the treatment of prostate cancer at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and to provide free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests for North Okanagan men.
To date, the event has raised a total of $351,351 for prostate cancer awareness, testing and treatment.
Event registration begins at 8:30 am and the walk and run starts at 9:30. Registration is $10 for youths and $20 for adults. Participants who raise $50 or more in pledges will have their registration fee waived.