Prostate cancer survivors start the 2015 Do it For Dad Run and Walk at Coldstream Ranch Sunday.

Prostate cancer survivors start the 2015 Do it For Dad Run and Walk at Coldstream Ranch Sunday.

Annual Father’s Day run a success

The 16th annual Do It For Dad Run and Walk raised $29,129 for prostate cancer treatmen

The 16th annual Do It For Dad Run and Walk raised $29,129 for prostate cancer treatment and awareness in the North Okanagan.

The event, presented by Interior Savings, took place at Coldstream Ranch Sunday.

“Every year, we enlist the help of more than 40 volunteers, 12 event sponsors, 30 prize and entertainment sponsors and nearly 300 participants, to make this happen for men in our community.  And every year, they do us proud,” said Sue Beaudry, director of development for the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.

A key partner in the event is the Vernon Prostate Cancer Support and Awareness Group.

The top individual fundraiser was Marnie McKenzie, a long-time participant, who collected $3,040 in pledges.  The top fundraising team was once again Doreen’s T-Bags, which raised $5,120 in pledges.

Last year’s winner, Liam McGrath, once again took first place in the men’s category running the seven-kilometre course in 29:39; while Kevin Pontious took second place at 34:20, and Mike McGrath placed third at 34:30.

In the women’s category, Samantha Loewen took first place with a time of 36:57; Alex Lukey was second with 39:39 and Timaree Wallace finished third with a time of 40:04.

This year, funds will provide free prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests for North Okanagan men, as well as help purchase a resectoscope for the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer at Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

Men participating in the event were eligible to receive a voucher redeemable for a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test.

Since inception, the Do It For Dad Run and Walk has raised $351,351.