Hundreds of Islanders celebrated their Father’s Day morning by running to raise awareness about prostate cancer.
The Island Prostate Centre held its 22nd annual running event, with this year being the first in-person event in a couple of years.
“The last couple of years have been hard because of COVID. We were doing virtual events but we are so happy to be back today doing a live in-person event,” said Executive Director of the Island Prostate Centre Leanne Kopp.
According to Kopp, events like the Father’s Day run are what help fund the Island Prostate Centre as the organization does not receive government funding. This made being able to bring this event back in-person all the more significant.
Participants of the event had the option of going on either a 3 km or 5 km run, with pancakes and other activities waiting for them at the finish line. The winner of this year’s 5 km race, Paul Siluch, is a prostate cancer survivor himself.
“I had prostate cancer around 2014, and I’ve survived it. And not only that but I’ve won the race this year so [it shows] you can win a race without a prostate,” joked Siluch.
This year’s run raised over $60,000 and brought together more than 200 people.