OUR NEXT MEETING IS AT 7:00
P.M., TUESDAY SEPTEMBER
Us Too! Brampton is pleased to announce our next session: "What Now?
Coping with the Diagnosis and Treatment of Prostate Cancer", by
Michelle holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has a private practice in
Toronto and is also on the faculty at the Toronto Institute of Contemporary
Psychoanalysis. She has extensive experience in dealing with couples and
individuals who have had to face life-altering crises.
Michelle will talk about the psychological and emotional issues that
individuals and couples face once they have been given a diagnosis of
Prostate cancer treatment poses many difficulties for couples, not only in
terms of intimacy, but also in terms of quality of life and fears for the
future. Michelle's talk will focus particularly on coping strategies that
are useful in dealing with these dilemmas. This is a not-to-be-missed
If you have any questions for Michelle, please contact:
Fred Norris, Chairman, (905) 877-8092 or
We continue to meet in Room #2, The Terry Miller Recreation Center, 1295
Williams Parkway at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway & Bramalea Road.
Parking is free.
JUNE 8, 2004 OUR SEASONAL POT
LUCK AND SOCIAL
Around 53 members and guests enjoyed this delightful evening. For once we
all kicked back, relaxed, chatted, and had a great buffet while being
treated to a professional performance by Bruce Laing and Josh Crocker, our
'homegrown' talents from Georgetown! The duo put together a complimentary
program especially for Us-Too! Brampton. The mood was delightfully upbeat as
they took members down memory lane, with song after song, decade by decade
from the 60's on. The crowd feasted on a great buffet and then toe-tapped to
their all time favorite tunes and absolutely loved it.
Some bad news was delivered: Don Grant, one of the founding fathers of Us
Too! Brampton and one of its strongest pillars, will be moving to
Peterborough this Fall. Don has been championing our cause over the years
and we as a group owe him a great deal for helping the chapter get to where
it is today. Don will certainly be missed at our Coffee Club and Steering
Committee meetings, matching wits and ideas on many aspects of the chapter.
Fred expressed his thanks and gratitude to Don on behalf of all of us. We
hope that Don will travel down to join us at our monthly meetings as
frequently as possible.
This was one delightful evening - Thanks Bruce and Josh and thanks to
everyone who joined us!
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
The June Meeting signified that this group has been in existence for 10
years. Of the 125 groups that come under the umbrella of CPCN we rank with
We are proud of the group's achievements; however, it is often difficult to
motivate our members to provide the necessary support to carry out our
various functions. Right now, we have no one to run the monthly New Member
Meetings. This is a very important part of our operation and we are
appealing to all of you: Please come forward and help. It is not a difficult
job to coordinate these meetings and call upon counselors as required.
Where have we been and what have we done since the June Potluck? A
successful golf tournament was held, and we once again participated in the
Relay For Life, where our team did well as always.
I spent three days in Whistler, BC at the invitation (and expense) of one of
the drug companies that has developed a new treatment for advanced metasized
prostate cancer. Believe me, big strides are taking place in clinical trials
to eradicate this disease and improve the treatments available.
Last of all Gerry Brunjes, Ian Smith and yours truly attended
The Calgary CPCN Conference, the first gathering of Chapters since
the CPCN was formed in March, 1997. We listened to several prominent Doctors
explain in detail the various choices available for treating prostate cancer
and the advances that have been made. In the evenings we enjoyed typical
western hospitality and in all sincerity I think that CPCN President Bob
Shiell and his organizing group did a wonderful job. It was great to
meet with other chapter representatives and exchange views. It is planned to
follow up with another conference in 2005 in Toronto. We should be able to
increase our presence there. For more information on the conference and to
see what our brother organizations are doing, go to http://www.cpcn.org
For the Future, we start off our 11th season on September 14th and I expect
a large turnout for Michelle Flax's presentation. I would also like to
appeal again for some new volunteers to serve on the Steering Committee. We
need fresh faces and ideas. Thank you!
Fred Norris, Chairman, (905) 877-8092,
2004-2005 GUEST SPEAKERS
Our speakers and events for the remainder of the 2003 - 2004 season are:
Tuesday, October 12th, 2004 - Survivor Night is back by
Popular Demand - Six survivors share how they have survived the diagnosis
and treatment of their prostate Cancer.
Tuesday, November 9th, 2004 - Dr. Mojtaba Beheshti will
make a presentation on Erectile Dysfunction.
Tuesday, December 14, 2004 - Our Christmas Social - Buffet
Dinner, hopefully featuring the guitars of Bruce and Josh.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005 - Dr. S. D. Sehdev,
Oncologist, will discuss the latest in chemotherapy treatment.
Tuesday, February 8, 2005 - Robert Bell, William Osler
Health Center CEO, will speak on "The Hospitals - The Old and the New"
(To be Confirmed)
Note: The presentation on 'Gleason Scores' by Dr.
John Srigley, Credit Valley Hospital, originally scheduled for the Feb.
04 session will most likely be rescheduled next year. We are actively
seeking interesting speakers to fill the balance of our 2005 year. Your
suggestions are always welcome!
We do not hold meetings in July and August.
Don Grant, Speaker Committee, e-mail email@example.com
NEW MEMBER MEETINGS
New Member meetings are 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, September 28.
Please be sure to phone ahead to confirm your attendance and receive
directions to the meeting. Please contact: Sean Butterly, Special
Consultant at (905) 454-4237 or Chairman, Fred Norris, at
(905) 877-8092 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Princess Margaret Hospital is currently conducting "Impact of androgen
deprivation therapy on quality of life and cognitive function of older
patients with non-metastatic prostate cancer: a pilot study." The
principal investigator is Dr. Ian Tannock. Participants should be "in
the sixties to seventies" age-group. I will have more information on this
study at the September 14th meeting.
Mayor Susan Fennell and Brampton City Council have kindly agreed to
proclaim the week of September 20th to 26th as "Prostate Cancer Awareness
Week" in the city. Accordingly, Us Too! Brampton has scheduled two major
projects to coincide with Awareness Week.
The first project is an "Awareness" presentation at Chinguacousy Branch
of Brampton Library on Wednesday, September 22nd in the
General Purpose Meeting Room on the lower level. It begins at 7:30
p.m. and is expected to last about one hour. Information brochures will
be available for the general public. We would like to see some of our
members turn out in support.
The second project is another sponsored "Free PSA Clinic", to be held
at Shoppers World, Hurontario Street at Steeles Avenue, from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 25th. We shall once
again target men aged 40 and older who either have not had a PSA test at all
or have not had one in the preceding twelve months; and who are currently
not receiving treatment for prostate disease.
Once again, I am looking for volunteers to assist in registering clinic
participants and in speaking with passersby who may request further
information., Please contact Ian Smith, Awareness Coordinator, at
(905) 454-3880, or e-mail email@example.com.
You are probably aware by now that your Chairman, Vice Chairman and
Treasurer were able to attend the CPCN conference in Calgary in August.
Thanks to the benevolent support of AstraZeneca, our costs were
limited to transportation and convention fees, which were kept to a minimum.
We were given the royal treatment, and we were informed that Us Too!
Brampton came in number one from across the nation in financial support
of the "Living Proof" campaign last year. We can be justifiably proud
of our membership, and all who supported the Living Proof campaign. (Next
year's CPCN conference is to be held in TORONTO, and you will all be invited
to attend and join in the FUN.)
Through membership subscriptions, miscellaneous donations, the golf
tournament and donations to our first Free PSA Clinic in April, we were able
to hold our own financially. This was despite the high cost of the Clinic,
office expenses, donations given to other groups and the room rentals at
Mill Street and Terry Miller. Fortunately, most of our speakers last year
gave their time and effort freely.
Although we were able to keep pace financially with costs, the coming year
may not be quite so easy. For instance, we will conduct a second Free PSA
Clinic early this fall in Shoppers World. There is hardly a better way
to raise awareness in the public eye, but it requires funds to do so. In the
past we have been able to present a 'Theatre Night' which has raised
needed funds. We are interested to hear whether you think that it would be a
good idea to do it again. No theatre group has been approached as yet, and
we would welcome anyone who would like to volunteer to get their feet wet in
this potentially good fund raiser.
It is our intention to maintain our low yearly subscription at $10, to
provide free refreshments at General Meetings and to request the voluntary
$2 at the door to help defray room rental costs. (As you know there is no
We have a great hard working committee who want nothing more than to bring
Prostate Cancer Awareness to the forefront. BUT...we need your help, support
and input to be successful. So come, be part of the operation of your group.
You will find that it will give you yet another great reason for living!
- Gerry Brunjes, Finance, (905) 791-3043,
US TOO! BRAMPTON 4th ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT,
JUNE 21, 2004
This year's Golf tournament, held at the Acton Golf Club, was a huge
success. Some 81 members, friends, guests and invitees teed off to a
wonderful day of fun and entertainment. This all-day event included a great
meal and ended with a raffle with prizes galore at the Acton Golf Course.
Peter Barhydt was our Golf Convener this year and he did a
wonderful job. Well done, Peter! Peter was supported by an experienced Golf
Committee comprising Sean Butterly, Morris Rambout, Don
Grant and Jack Dainton. Volunteers included Margaret Butterly,
Pat Goodland, Fred Norris, Monica Long, Tilly
Netherton, Chuck Barhydt and others. Us Too! Brampton
acknowledges all who contributed prizes for this event and all who worked
behind the scenes to make it such a grand success. Our thanks to each and
every one for your invaluable support.
Peter has volunteered to serve as Golf Convener again next year. Be the
first on your block to sign up for next year's committee! Contact: Peter
Barhydt: (905) 459-8516, firstname.lastname@example.org
OR Fred Norris: (905) 877-8092, email@example.com.
RELAY FOR LIFE - 2004
Once again, Us Too! Brampton entered a team in the Canadian Cancer Society's
annual Relay For Life, held for the first time at the Brampton Fairgrounds.
Our Relay team and other Us Too! Brampton members enjoyed the Survivor's
Reception and the Opening Ceremony and were then cheered loudly as they
walked the "Survivor's Victory Lap" together.
A high point of the Opening Ceremony came when our Chairman, Fred Norris,
delivered a speech that was immensely well received. Fred is one of the few
individuals from a support group to have been invited to address this event.
Us Too! Brampton can feel proud of this recognition. We gratefully
acknowledge the support of the Canadian Cancer Society and thank the
event organizers, notably Pat Ramirez and Sue Scarfone, for
Thousands of participants came from all over Ontario, from other parts of
Canada, from the U.S. and even from overseas. They camped, they held hands,
they sang and they walked. RVs and tents dotted the grounds. Music and
activities went nonstop all night long. Ignoring the unusually chilly
temperatures, walkers walked and runners ran, young and old, all fired by
our common fight against cancer. And they continued all night long - right
up to 7 a.m. the next day!
The Us Too! Brampton banner was prominent at our camp site beside the track.
We lit "luminaries" and joined in a silent tribute to our members who have
sadly passed away. Our plaque "Prostate Cancer Can Kill, Awareness Can
Save", centered in our circle of 21 luminaries, clearly conveyed our
mission. Bruce and Josh, who so ably entertained us at our June Pot
luck, were among the performers for the evening. They had kids of all ages
joining hands and dancing. Their performance was so well received that they
will likely make an encore appearance next year.
My thanks to Denis Paris, Kenneth Clarke, Frank Connolly, Mukul Luthra,
Ian Smith, Mike Loughnan and Reg Ballam, who walked with me this
year. I look forward to next year. And next year we all intend to take the
event even more seriously and to be the best team there!
To get involved, please call me: Jim Dorsey at (905) 453-3038,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see me at any
OUR WEB SITE CONTINUES TO EVOLVE - www.ustoo-brampton.com
Mukul Luthra, our Multimedia Specialist, continues to keep our web
site up to date. Of special interest this month are all the pictures from
our most recent events - the June Pot Luck, the Relay for Life and the Golf
Tournament. Check them out!
You will also find numerous audio & video downloads of past presentations as
well as Adobe Acrobat versions of various past speakers' slide presentations
and other materials. Photos of events of interest to the group are
constantly updated. Thanks, Mukul!
Contact Mukul Luthra, (905) 873-8367, e-mail email@example.com.