Dad event raises record funds
Taking part in Do It For Dad was personal for Rick Gallant this year.
The 52-year-old Coldstream resident, who recently had surgery for prostate cancer, attended his first Do It For Dad walk and run fundraiser Sunday at Coldstream Ranch.
“It’s important for me to come out to this,” said Gallant, joined at the event by his wife, Betty, and son Chris.
“It’s great to have their support today. I have another son who is working and couldn’t be here today but I know he would be here if he could.”
The 14th annual Do It For Dad raised a record $38,500 for free prostate cancer testing and to purchase a resectoscope for prostate cancer treatment at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.
“It’s important for us to come because all of the money raised will help more men get their prostate exams for free,” said Betty Gallant.
The Gallant family was among 370 participants.
“The event was successful in creating awareness around the need for early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer,” said Andrea Egan, with the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.
Along with the VJH Foundation, the event was organized by the Vernon Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group while the presenting sponsor was Interior Savings Credit Union.
The top individual fundraiser was Doreen Hourie who collected $4,045, followed by Marnie MacKenzie with $3,000 in pledges. The Lumby Health Centre Team claimed the prize for the top fundraising team, raising $728 in pledges, while the Mitchell Family was close behind with $670 and the the Coldstream Fire Department at $360.
The top finishers for the run were, for women, Seija Deleenheer in first, Jen Lindsteen in second and Susanne Larose in third. For the male participants, the first place finisher was Bob Woodman, while Ian Flock was in second and Gage Stoll was third.
For those wish to make a donation, go to www.vjhfoundation.org.