Organizations come together to raise awareness about prostate cancer
© Jamie Heap-Cumberlandnewsnow.com
: NSCC business administration students Venessa Webb and Lindsay Anderson were two of 16 faculty of business students who volunteered their time Saturday to sell such items as blue bows and blue mittens in support of prostate cancer research.
AMHERST-While it was only fitting that the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers defeated the Pictou Weeks Crushers Saturday on Skate 4 Prostate night in front of 925 fans, raising awareness about prostate cancer was the event’s key goal scored.
Major corporate sponsors Archway Insurance and Wawanesa ensured that such partners as the Amherst Ramblers, Town of Amherst, Youth Town Council and Nova Scotia Community College would have an easier job of raising awareness about prostate cancer, a disease that claims the lives of 4,000 Canadians per year.
“I think that men are not as good as women at looking after themselves,” said Canadian Cancer Society district coordinator Sharon Bristol. “One in seven people will be diagnosed with the disease. Anytime you get organizations such as NSCC, Archway Insurance, Wawanesa and the Town together to talk about prostate cancer, we improve the chances of catching it early. It’s a great opportunity.”
Retired MP and prostate cancer survivor Bill Casey, who dropped the puck in a pre-game ceremony, claimed that early detection was the key to saving his life.
“I am a survivor of prostate cancer and am pleased to participate in this Skate 4 prostate event to raise awareness about the threat of prostate cancer,” stated Casey. “If you can catch it early, you can save your life. I was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2007. Then it was discovered I had prostate cancer. I never had any symptoms.”
Had fellow MP Chuck Cadman not died of malignant melanoma on July 9, 2005, Bill Casey would not likely have taken the step to get screened for skin cancer.
“I knew Chuck and his wife (Dona),” said Casey. “When his wife sponsored a (cancer screening) clinic, I went to it because I knew that it would be poorly attended. I’m alive today because they caught it early. Get yourself tested.”
“Business administration project management students started it as an event under Your Entrepreneurial Self (Y.E.S),” stated NSCC Cumberland academic chair Andrew Moore. “Pink in the rink was such a success a couple years ago that they decided to do Skate 4 Prostate. The committee met every week to pull it off.”
The committee, which was made up of six project management class members, as well as representatives from the aforementioned partners, was assisted on Saturday by eight first-year business administration and two office administration students.
To help raise money for prostate cancer research, students sold such blue items Skate 4 Prostate shirts, mustaches, bows and beads. Face painting was also offered.
Tickets on game-worn individual and a signed team jersey were also raffled off.
“On behalf of the Town of Amherst, thank you to NSCC,” stated Amherst mayor Robert Small. “They did a wonderful job. Peggy Carter has outdone herself again.”
“I am very happy to be here tonight representing both municipalities,” stated Municipality of Cumberland County warden Keith Hunter. “Thanks to the students for all of their dedication and to the organizing (Skate 4 Prostate) committee.”