British Columbia has over 20 Prostate Cancer Support Groups meet once a month. This group is found in 2013 and focused on providing help to Chinese-speaking men, but everyone is welcome. We speak Mandarin, Cantonese and English, meet on the second Thursday of every month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at the Richmond Public Library (2/F Brighouse Main Branch, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC V6Y 1R8). Please register online at The Richmond Public Library website (or call 604-231-6413 for registration). Join us for the professional presentation and talk to other men and family members who have been dealing with prostate cancer for weeks, months or even years.

If you want to chat with a survivor one on one, you may drop in our walking club. The Richmond Blue Walkers walk on every Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-12pm, 5-10 km along the beautiful river dykes and parks in Richmond (Walk in the Richmond Shopping Centre during the raining days or cold seasons). Click here for the schedule or contact Daniel Leung at 604-836-6423 for the locations and meeting places.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of BC accepts donation online, please go to http://prostatecancerbc.ca/ 捐款前列腺癌基金會請到 http://prostatecancerbc.ca/

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列治文前列腺癌友步行團「藍天行」每週二和週四早上時至十沿著美麗的河堤和公園散步在下雨天或寒冷季節步行於列治文購物中心)。查詢活動更新請打電話604-836-6423 (Daniel)

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Thursday, November 14, 2019

PCFBC FALL 2019 NEWSLETTER

What have we been up to?
Summer was a busy and exciting time for us here at the Foundation! We've just wrapped up three major events: the Ride to Live, the Father's Day Walk/Run, and our Support Group Conference, 20/20 and Beyond.


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20/20 and Beyond
From September 6th to 8th, we hosted the 20/20 and Beyond Support Group Conference covering topics from the latest research and exercise, to incontinence, sexual health, and how to get new members out to support groups. It was a huge success and it was wonderful to see people from across Canada, Washington State, and even Ireland in attendance. A big thank you to everyone who attended and volunteered.
Lifetime Achievement Award
At the Support Group Conference, Ted Butterfield was posthumously awarded the Prostate Cancer BC Lifetime Achievement Award. His wife of 55 years, Fay, and children, Leigh, Cheryl, and David, attended the banquet to receive this award on his behalf. Ted served as the Chair of PCFBC, the leader of the North Vancouver Support Group, and was also the past chair of the BC Support Group Council. He was a very important part of our Foundation and he will be truly missed.
2019 Grants
This year we were fortunate to have the opportunity to award a total of $120,000 amongst five recipients, Dr. Shreyas Lingadahalli, Dr. Alexander Smith, Jane Foo, Victor Barrios, and Dr. John Oliffe, to support them in their prostate cancer research efforts. We look forward to seeing their results!
Ride to Live
We had a great turn out for our 10th Anniversary Westcoast Motorcycle Ride to Live, held on May 26th, with hundreds of riders participating. In 2019, we launched our new Rode and Raised program and we even closed down the highway for our riders!

We are now in the planning stages of our 2020 Ride and we're actively looking for motivated people to join our committee to help brainstorm ideas and come together to put on another successful event! Please contact Amanda if you're interested in being part of the team.
Father's Day Walk/Run
The Annual Father's Day Walk/Run was held on June 16th in Burnaby, Chilliwack, and Kamloops and we're proud to announce that $250,152 was raised! It was a beautiful fun-filled day and as always, it was wonderful to see so many happy families coming together to support a great cause.
Pubs for Prostate
Pubs for Prostate is just around the corner! We have some great pubs on board this year across the province including Darby’s Pub in Vancouver, Firefighters Pub in Burnaby, Sasquatch Inn at Harrison, the Jolly Coachman in Pitt Meadows, and Sporty Bar and Grill in Port Hardy. Enjoy a fun night out all while supporting PC research and awareness.

Check out www.pubsforprostate.ca for more details!

And if you happen to know of a pub that might like to participate, please contact Amanda at amanda@prostatecancerbc.ca 
Support Group Speakers

The Cranbrook Support Group meeting on Wednesday, October 16th will be featuring guest speaker, Janyce Bampton, the Executive Director of Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society. She will be speaking on the work that Hospice does for advanced patients and those who can benefit from end of life care.
Dr. Richard Wassersug will be presenting on The Language of Cancer and Why It Matters for Prostate Cancer Patients at the Richmond Support Group meeting on November 14th
Two guest speakers will be featured at the North Shore meeting on October 23rd. Monita Sundar, Manager of the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) program, will be giving an update and Monica Hu, Counsellor with the PCSC program, will be speaking on PC counselling.
For more information on support groups and upcoming events and meetings, please visit www.prostatecancerbcsupportgroups.ca
Have you checked out the If I Were Tom website yet?
It's a fantastic and unique tool for men who have been newly diagnosed with prostate cancer to help them do their research on their diagnosis and build a plan for moving forward. The website is easy to navigate and includes videos and lots of tips and resources to help guide you on your journey.
Do you know someone who is newly diagnosed? Request a FREE Reef Knot Kit comprised of the latest books, pamphlets, and information on prostate cancer from our website.
Did you know that we have two walking clubs led by two of our wonderful support group chairs?

The Chilliwack Blue Walkers Walking Club meets every Wednesday at 9:00 am at Rotary Trail on the Vedder River at the Peach Road parking lot. In extreme weather, they meet at the Cottonwood Mall. Please contact Dale Erikson at deerikson@shaw.ca for more details and to join their walking club email list.

The Richmond Blue Walkers meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am for a lovely walk along the river dykes and parks for 5-10 kms. In adverse weather, they meet at the Richmond Shopping Centre. For more information, please contact Daniel Leung at dleung2000@gmail.com
Butts in a Boat Dragon Boat Team
Congrats to the Butts in a Boat dragon boat team on another successful year!

It has been proven that physical activity is associated with better survival rates for men with prostate cancer. The 2019 dragon boat season is just wrapping up, but if you're a prostate cancer survivor looking for a full and active lifestyle, and you're interested in more information, or thinking about joining the team next year, feel free to contact Vince Schiralli at vince@schiralli.com. They have no age restrictions and no previous experience is required!
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