OUR SEASON-OPENING MEETING
WILL BE HELD AT 7:00 P.M. ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2006
"Navigating the Emotional Side-Effects of Prostate Cancer" by Dr.
Andrew G. Matthew, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at the Prostate
Centre, Princess Margaret Hospital, University Health Network, a clinician
investigator in the Departments of Surgery, and Psychosocial Oncology and
Palliative Care, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the
University of Toronto.
His presentation will describe the psychological responses of men who have
been diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer. The purpose is to help men
understand and “normalize” their emotional reaction to prostate cancer and
to offer them simple strategies for coping with this challenging experience.
This presentation is based on a review of the scientific literature
examining the psychological impact of prostate cancer across the entire
trajectory of the disease, from diagnosis to recovery.
Send any questions for Dr. Matthew to :Fred Norris,
Chairman, 905-877-8092 or e-mail:
We look forward to seeing you in Room #2, The Terry Miller Recreation
Center, 1295 Williams Parkway at the southwest corner of Williams Parkway &
Bramalea Road. Parking is free.
JUNE 13, 2006 POTLUCK AND
A delightful evening with around 48 members, wives and guests coming
together in the spirit of caring and sharing.
This pot luck marked the 12th year of our operations. Members enjoyed a
sumptuous pot luck meal and the evening featured light music from the
Fifties, Sixties and Seventies eras. Our usual lucky draw was held with many
fabulous prizes awarded.
Invited guest for this evening was Michelle Karker, head of the local
Canadian Cancer Society who thanked the group, commended our
contribution towards the cause and encouraged participation at the upcoming
CCS 'Relay for Life'.
It was also an evening to honor and appreciate two of our very fine lady
volunteers - Tilly Netherton and Margaret Butterly. Over the
years both have given selflessly of their time and devotion towards our
chapter's cause and activities. The group presented them with bouquets
acknowledging their outstanding contributions.
A Special note of thanks to all those who helped to obtain, collect and
contribute prizes towards the lucky draw.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Having enjoyed the months of summer layoff, it is
difficult to get back into the thick of things. In the early part of July we
were invited to an awareness luncheon. Since I was unable to attend myself,
Sean Butterly, Gerry Brunjes, Mukul Luthra and John
Sleath stepped to the fore and presented our program to 450 employees at
the Mold Masters facility in Georgetown.
September starts our new season and right off the bat we are looking for
volunteers to join us on the committee and help plan the months of
activities that are ahead of us.
We already have a Peel Region Awareness Event scheduled for
October 11th at the Chinese Temple on Millcreek Road in Mississauga. And
Wednesday, November 1st is our 2006 Theatre Night graciously
provided by the Brampton Live Theatre group, which allows us to keep
all the proceeds of the evening. We would love to fill the Lester B.
Pearson Theatre on that evening but that could only be achieved with the
help of all of you selling tickets.
I haven't mentioned Prostate Cancer as yet but believe me it never strays
far from our minds and our speakers in the forthcoming months will put that
We look forward to seeing you all once again next Tuesday. We trust that you
will continue to lend your support to our efforts to increase public
awareness of this disease. Hopefully we will see PCa eradicated all together
one day soon.
Fred Norris, Chairman, 905-877-8092 or
2005-2006 GUEST SPEAKERS &
Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - Arlene Dalton will conduct
a session on the health benefits of Yoga. .
Tuesday, November 14, 2006 - Dr. Padraig Warde (Topic to Be
Future Speakers - Your suggestions and recommendations for
future speakers are always welcome!
Mukul Luthra, Speaker Committee, 519-853-4075, e-mail:
RECENTLY DIAGNOSED? CONTACT Us
If you have been recently diagnosed with prostate
cancer and would like to talk to someone who has been there, please call
ahead and we will arrange to meet you at a convenient time and place.
Alternatively, come early to one of our monthly meetings and inform the
front desk of your arrival. One of our counselors will welcome you
and listen to your concerns.
Our monthly meetings are held on the 2nd TUESDAY of each month except July &
August but we accept calls all through the year. Family members or
friends and supporters are welcome!
There is no obligation to join anything. We have been there and we
think we can help you deal with this very difficult period in your life.
If you would like our support, please call any one of the following to
obtain meeting dates and locations: John Sleath,
Awareness Coordinator at 905-456-9943 e-mail:
, Sean Butterly, Counseling Associate at 905-454-4237 or
Fred Norris, Chairman, at 905-877-8092 e-mail:
6th ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF
TOURNAMENT - MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2006
The 6th Annual Golf Tournament, held once again at the
Acton Golf Club, was very successful . Early morning rain squalls
gave way to great weather by start time. The golf committee worked very hard
and gathered many great prizes for our golfers.
Individual letters have been sent to all of our sponsors and prize givers,
but we would like to add a note of thanks to all concerned.
A big thank you to Golf Coordinator Peter Barhydt and all the golf
committee volunteers for a job well done! We are already looking forward
to the 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament next year.
To become a part of next year's tournament, please contact any member
of our Golf Committee:
Peter Barhydt, Golf Coordinator,
Sean Butterly, 905-454-4237
Jack Dainton, 905-793-0205
Fred Norris, 905-877-8092
Morris Rambout, 905-793-8843
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY 'RELAY
FOR LIFE' - FRIDAY, JUNE 23 to SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2006
Like last year the event was held at The Brampton
Fairgrounds on Heart Lake Road. Us Too! Brampton members played their part,
turning out in significant numbers for the Survivors' Victory Lap and
showing their support for the cause of Cancer Awareness. Compared to
last year, the weather was much cooler, making it a very pleasant evening
albeit a somewhat chilly night.
The event had all the characteristics that make the Relay for Life what it
is each year: food and drink, live bands, movies and other night-long
activities. A well-organized kids' activities area featured Petunia the
clown, arts and crafts, face painting and a host of other team activities to
keep the kids
involved and entertained.
As always, emotions ran high as the survivors walked the Victory Lap,
marking the start of the Relay. They were cheered on by thousands of family
members, well-wishers and supporters. Jim Dorsey, our Team captain
volunteered his sparkling red PT Cruiser to carry our Chairman, Fred
Norris, who is recovering from knee surgery, around the track for the
Survivors' Victory Lap.
As the sun set on the Relay for Life it really dawned on the next year of
the fight against cancer. Luminaries lit the track by the thousands,
carefully tended by family, friends and well-wishers. We all hope that the
Relay will continue to highlight the fight that will go on till the battle
against cancer is won.
Our thanks to all those who came to the event and to the (few) Us Too! Team
members who stayed and walked all night.
As always, Mukul Luthra's travel trailer served as the Us Too!
command post and social centre.
The Us Too! Brampton Team was composed of Ian Clarke, Kenneth
Clarke, Frank Connolly, Jim Dorsey, Sandi Dorsey,
Gary Foote, Julia Foote, Megan Foote, Mike Loughnan,
Mukul Luthra, Denis Paris and Ian Smith.
Another of my mother's sayings, or rather clichés was, " If wishes were
horses, beggars would ride".
As a child, I took this saying at face value, not realizing of course, what
a depth of meaning it holds.
It is human of course to wish, a thing I doubt exists in the animal kingdom,
- or does it? You never know.
We had a horse on the farm, a shire mare named Madam, who from time to time
preferred company elsewhere, mostly with other horses, and she would jump a
five-foot stone wall with ease to prove her point.
All I am saying is that wishes don't cut it. Madam was rounded up often
against her will.
PCa is a problem we wish did not exist and would just go away. Unlike Madam,
our wish is going to remain just that, a wish, because no matter how many
stone walls we jump or however high we reach, it is still to date, just a
However, to paraphrase a popular song, "if you don't have a wish, how you
gonna have a wish come true?"
So, take your pick.
Personally I believe both statements, even though they appear to contradict
As each day passes, the wish that we could make Cancer History is nearing
the "wish come true" stage, and it will happen in time.
Let us put more effort into our wishes, and who knows, perhaps one day we
beggars will ride.
Just a reminder that your $10 yearly subscription is now due. So.... let's
get on our horses and giddy up ( I mean divvy up ).
Let's make this our best year yet of increasing Prostate Cancer awareness in
Sincerely, Gerry Brunjes, Finance, 905-791-3043,
We regret to announce that Ian Smith has resigned from the Steering
Committee for personal and private reasons. John Sleath has kindly
volunteered to become Awareness Coordinator. You can contact John at
905-456-9943 or e-mail: