Ottawans will be pounding the pavement in droves next month for the Alterna Ultimate Run for Men’s Cancers.
“We hope to meet, and hopefully exceed, last year’s total, which was $566,000. That’s a big number, but we’re hoping we can do it,” said chairman of the leadership committee, Trevor Johnson.
The three primary men’s cancers are prostate, colorectal, and testicular, said Johnson.
“So most of the investment of money that comes from this event goes to support those particular forms of cancer,” he said.
The annual run began in 1999 and more than $2.5 million has been raised for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.
This year’s campaign was launched at the St. Laurent shopping centre Wednesday.
Senator Vern White, who was diagnosed with stage two colon cancer last year, is the co-captain of the celebrity VIP team.
“You know what? Honestly, I wasn’t sick a minute,” said White.
“Probably the biggest message is, don’t wait to get sick.”
White said he had been tested, with negative results, “and yet, I had a cancerous tumour for two years.”
A colonoscopy caught it.
The run takes place on Father’s Day, June 17, at Carleton University’s Anniversary Park.
More than 2,000 people are expected to participate.
For more information, visit ottawacancer.ca/UR4DAD