Everett Brierley

Everett Brierley

Father’s Day event makes a difference

People once again did it for dad and, in the process, raised money for a vital piece of surgical equipment at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

People once again did it for dad and, in the process, raised money for a vital piece of surgical equipment at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

The Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and the Vernon Prostate Cancer Support & Awareness Group would like to thank all of the sponsors, volunteers and participants who made the 12th Annual Do It For Dad walk/run fundraiser Sunday at Coldstream Ranch such a success.

“The event not only raised over $24,000 that stays locally in our community, but was also successful in creating awareness around the need for early detection of prostate cancer,” said Andrea Egan with the foundation.

The event drew more than 300 people and raised funds to buy a resectoscope, used in the treatment of prostate cancer and to provide free PSA testing for men in our community.

The top individual fundraiser was Marnie MacKenzie, raising more than $3,000, with the Edwards family taking the top fundraising team for the second  year in a row bringing in $270 in pledges.

The top results in the eight-km Run saw Gareth Armanious covering the course in 34 minutes and 37 seconds, followed by Dan Kunzelman (35:35) in second and Dave Morrice placing third with a time of 35:54.

Anita Markson placed first in the female division in 41 minutes 24 seconds, with Trinity Smith right behind her in second place in 41 minutes 25 seconds and Irena McDonald placing third in 41:32.

Everyone participating in the event was eligible to receive a voucher redeemable for one PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test. The voucher will be honoured at the downtown lab (9 – 3100 35th Street) or Vernon Jubilee Hospital Lab until the end of 2011.