Make your moustache matter

Over the past two years locals have helped to raise about $110,000 for local prostate cancer research and care.  Participants have done this by getting support from their friends and family to either grow a moustache or shaving their facial hair off.   

This year’s “Dare to Flash a ‘Stache” event, hosted by the Eastern Ontario Prostate cancer Awareness Committee has now officially begun, marked by the launch of the website – www.flashastache.ca.  So, individuals, companies, and organizations can now sign up and start to raise funds. 

It’s really easy to participate – just go to our website at www.flashastache.ca and follow the links to sign up or donate.   

The moustache growing period is during the month of November – as the person must be clean shaven on October 31st to be eligible for the best moustache competition.  

Alternatively, if you’re raising funds to shave a beard, it can be clipped on the spot at our wrap up event on Saturday, November 29th at 7 p.m.  

The wind-up will be held at the Joel Steele Community Centre above the Winchester arena following a few hockey games.  

To start the night off, a South Dundas vs. North Dundas ladies hockey game, followed by a Morrisburg Lions two Alumni vs. Winchester Hawks Alumni hockey games (First game, players over 35, second game players under 35).  

Following the game, there will be a moustache judging competition and announcement of top individual, team and Fire station fund raisers. There will be prizes and draws with fun for everyone.

This will be the third year that this Prostate Cancer Awareness event has been held by the Eastern Ontario Prostate Awareness Committee.  The proceeds raised this year are once again being split 50/50 between the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) Foundation and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation (OHF).  

The funds staying at our hospital are to support the new cancer navigator program.  Navigating the cancer journey can be stressful and confusing. 

Linda Johnson – the new Cancer Care Navigator – is here to help.  Linda will support patients through the cancer journey and help them connect with other regional resources.  

This service is available to all cancer patients in the local area.  Linda has worked  as a nurse at WDMH for over 30 years, including 16 in the chemotherapy unit, and so, has a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer those patients facing a diagnosis. 

The 50% of the proceeds being directed to the Ottawa Hospital Foundation are to support a research program on men’s health, as related to Prostate Cancer, run by Dr. Anthony Bella. His is the first position in Canada for this type of research.  His official title is Dr Anthony J Bella MD FRCSC, Greta and John Hansen Chair in Men’s Health Research, Assistant Professor of Urology, Department of Surgery Associate Scientist, Neuroscience University of Ottawa.  Dr. Anthony Bella’s work is focused on researching and finding novel ways to prevent and repair nerve damage  following treatments for prostate cancer. His work is already making a profound difference for men locally and around the world as he researches the repair and regeneration of nerves for men facing prostate cancer along with working to answer countless critical questions about men’s prostate health.

With your help, our committee members look forward to a fun event with a focus on creating more prostate cancer awareness in the region – and raising funds for great local causes along the way!  

Individuals and businesses are encouraged to become more informed about prostate cancer throughout the month of November.  Resources can be made available and for more information about education or participation, contact Co-Chairs of the E.O. Prostate Cancer Awareness Committee, Tom Clapp (613-774-3565) or Linda McMahon (613-774-3431).

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