OUR NEXT MEETING IS AT 7:00
P.M., TUESDAY JANUARY 13, 2004
You are cordially invited to a session with Dr. Mohammed Aslam Ibrahim,
M.D.,Ch.B., F.R.C.S.(C) F.A.C.S. Dip.A.B.U. of William Osler Health
Centre, Brampton. Dr. Ibrahim will open the new year by hosting an "Open
Forum" and will field your questions about prostate cancer.
Here's an opportunity for you to ask Dr. Ibrahim almost anything about
Prostate Cancer - and we need your questions! So please send them to
Fred Norris, Chairman, (905) 877-8092 or
Remember that we are now meeting in Room #2, The Terry Miller Recreation
Center, 1295 Williams Parkway at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway &
Bramalea Road, adjacent to the North Peel Secondary School Complex.
Although upstairs, the room is accessible via an elevator located across
from the snack bar. Parking is ample and free.
DECEMBER 9, 2003 - CHRISTMAS
SOCIAL & POT LUCK EVENING
It was party time and the mood was positively upbeat as around 70 members
and guests enjoyed themselves, watched fun audiovisual presentations
prepared by Mukul Luthra, and just relaxed, chatted and socialized.
Entertainment included "Us Too! Brampton - 2003 Moments", an audio visual
portrait of the group's 2003 activities, a solo by Pepe Palad and
other fun stuff.
Chairman Fred Norris elaborated on the group's progress and
activities over the past years and remarked on the dedication of the
volunteers. He acknowledged and thanked all volunteers, past and present,
for their contributions and stressed the need for more members to come
forth. In particular, volunteers are desperately needed to help run our
Annual Charity Golf Tournament in June.
Our customary charity raffle was held with the Afghan as first prize.
The evening closed with a pot luck buffet to the accompaniment of music like
Carmen Cavallaro's "Manhattan" and "You're My Everything". It was a fun
evening and members had a great time.
As will be described below, a "Ladies Only" night is being planned for
January 20, 2004.
Members who wish to volunteer in any capacity should contact
Fred Norris, Chairman, at (905) 877-8092
or e-mail email@example.com
INITIAL "PARTNERS" MEETING
Erica Dick is organizing the "Ladies Only" night mentioned above. We
hope that many of our charming and energetic partners will attend this
meeting and become active volunteer supporters of Us Too! Brampton.
This initial meeting will be held at the home of George and Nisha Deshpande
at 14 Brookland Drive, Brampton. As you probably know, George is our
Librarian, and Nisha attends virtually every meeting.
This meeting is planned for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20th,
For additional information, please contact Fred
Norris, Chairman, at (905) 877-8092 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
2003-2004 GUEST SPEAKERS
Speakers have now been confirmed for all of the remaining meetings of the
2003 - 2004 season:
Tuesday February 10, 2004 - Michael J. Scime, B.Sc.,
M.Sc, MLT will describe"PSA Methodology". (Note: Dr. John Srigley,
Credit Valley Hospital, is unable to join us this evening. We will try to
reschedule his presentation later this year)
Tuesday, March 9th, 2004 - Tanya Giaquinto, has become
a perennial favourite of our group and will once again update us on the
topic of "Nutrition" at this meeting. (Precise topic to be confirmed)
Tuesday, April 13th, 2004 - Alex Isbister will return
to discuss Cancer and Its Sexual Implications.(Precise topic to be
Tuesday, May 11th, 2004 - Arlene Dalton, who gave us an
excellent yoga demonstration last year, has also agreed to an encore and
will discuss "Stress Management" at our meeting.
The Speaker Committee always welcomes your suggestions for future speakers.
PLEASE NOTE: Audio CD's of many of our recent meetings are available at the
Chinguacousy Branch of the Brampton Public Library and from our New Member
Don Grant, Speaker Committee, (905) 793-7376 e-mail
NEW MEMBER MEETINGS
Paul Middleton is our New Member Coordinator.
New Member meetings are normally held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at
Suite 304, 57 Mill Street.
The next scheduled meeting will be held between 6:30 p.m. and
8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 27. Please be sure to
phone ahead to confirm your attendance and receive complete directions to
Please contact: Sean Butterly, Special Consultant at (905)
454-4237 or Chairman, Fred Norris, at (905) 877-8092
FREE P.S.A. CLINIC
Michael Dunn advises: "In your November newsletter you mentioned the
free P.S.A. Clinic at the Wm. Osler Health Centre from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00
p.m. every Thursday & Friday. I wish to expand on the hours of
operation. The nurse in attendance at the Clinic confirmed to me that
they take P.S.A. patients only until 3:30 p.m. Patients arriving at the
Clinic after 3:30 p.m. will be turned away. This 3:30 cutoff time is to
ensure that all patients will be processed by 4:00 p.m. Also, pediatric
needles are available to draw the blood sample. These needles leave little
or no bruising." Thanks, Mike.
While bookings are not necessary, it is best to phone ahead: (905)
796-4066 extension 24010.
Patients must present a requisition from their referring physician with
diagnosis included. These clinics are exclusively for cancer patients or for
individuals who are suspected of having prostate cancer.
Don Grant, Member Relations, (905) 793-7376 e-mail
As mentioned in last month's Newsletter, there will
not be a 'Theatre Night' this season, and now this year's Golf Tournament
may not be held either. This is because those who have run the Golf
Tournament in the past feel that it is up to someone else to put in the time
and dedication to see them through this year.
If the Tournament is not held, then our two major sources of funds are gone
and we will not be able to pursue our goal of increasing community awareness
of Prostate Cancer.
Remember that last year we raised nearly $6,000 in support of the Canadian
Prostate Cancer Network's 'Living Proof' campaign, which informed the
general public across Canada about the importance of annual Prostate Cancer
So if you want Us Too! Brampton to keep contributing to this national effort
in the interests of all Canadian men, then please climb aboard... Give Fred
or myself a call!!
- Gerry Brunjes, Treasurer, (905) 791-3043, e-mail email@example.com.
"Awareness" continues to be fairly quiet; there have been no further
responses from Costco or Fortino's regarding presentations at
their stores. I am working with CPCN to expand distribution of their
latest campaign featuring Steve "Red Green" Smith to the Family
Health Care group of pharmacies across Ontario. I am hopeful that CPCN
will be able to add FHC pharmacies nationwide to their distribution list.
The Brampton Public Library system has received the new flyer for New
Members as well as "Living Proof" posters.
There is one presentation planned for mid-January for CAW Local 1967
I am waiting for other GTA support groups to agree to participate in the
March Home & Garden show, running from the 18th to the 21st of March,
from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day. I expect to assign one
group from the area to staff each day of the four-day show, . To allow for
contingencies and unavoidable absences, at least eight volunteers from our
group will be needed to provide staffing for the 11 hours of our day. Anyone
interested in helping out, please contact me.
Ian Smith, Awareness Coordinator, (905) 454-3880, NEW e-mail
OUR WEB SITE CONTINUES TO EVOLVE - www.ustoo-brampton.com
Check the web site frequently for new items of interest. Remember that you
can download MP3 audio presentations by Dr. Robert
Bristow ('It's All in Your Genes' -
December 11, 2003), Dr. Richard Casey ('Clinical Trials in
Prostate Cancer' - October 14, 2003 ), Dr. Stanley Flax ('Brachytherapy
or Radical?' - September 9, 2003 ), Tanya Giaquinto ('Nutrition' -
March 11, 2003) and Alex Isbister ('Cancer and Emotion' - February
Contact Mukul Luthra, Multimedia, (905) 873-8367, e-mail
FREE COMPUTER TRAINING!!
A reminder that we have been invited to participate in the "I3MPACT" Study
by attending any or all of a series of three hands-on computer training
courses to be presented at Princess Margaret Hospital :
·Introduction to Computers and Windows
·Introduction to the Internet
·Advanced Internet Searching for Prostate Cancer Patients
Joan Basiuk, the Coordinator for this project, advises that while the
courses will be scheduled at certain intervals, they are willing to offer
specific courses for Us Too! Brampton if we can provide enough volunteers.
Timing is apparently quite flexible, but if we want to take advantage of
this opportunity, we need to move quickly. You can contact Jim
Dorsey at (905) 453-3038 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After taking these courses, you will know how to use a Personal Computer to
access the Internet to research issues that concern you and the researchers
will have your opinions on this important effort to teach newly diagnosed
patients and their relatives to live with Prostate Cancer and its aftermath.
Please do consider taking part:
RESEARCH STUDY: ATTENTION PATIENTS WITH PROSTATE CANCER
INTERESTED IN ATTENDING AN INTERNET TRAINING COURSE?
Are you interested in volunteering for a study designed to test the course
and teaching materials for an Internet training course designed for Patients
with Prostate Cancer?
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS STUDY, YOU MUST:
· Have a diagnosis of prostate cancer OR
· Be a partner/friend of a patient with prostate cancer
If you are interested in participating in this study, please call Joan
Basiuk, Clinical Research Coordinator, at 416-946-4501 ext. 2282. This study
is supported by a grant from the Change Foundation.
SO WHO'S WINNING THIS ONGOING BATTLE?
Round 1: A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not
saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of
them wanted to concede their position.
As they passed a barnyard full of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked
sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?"
" Yep," the wife replied, " In-laws!"
Round 2: A husband read an article to his wife about how many words
women use a day: 30,000 to a man's 15,000.
The wife replied, "The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything
The husband responded with, "What?"
Round 3: A man said to his wife one day, "I don't know how you can be
so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time."
The wife responded, "Allow me to explain: God made me beautiful so that you
would be attracted to me. And she made me stupid so that I would be
attracted to you!"