About the Event
What is Step Up?
Climb the tallest towers in your city with Prostate Cancer Canada's Step Up Challenge!
Not only will you be racing up iconic skyscrapers but you will also be supporting the 1 in 9 Canadian men and their families who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. But don’t do this vertical challenge alone; teams of five will be challenged to climb 5,000 feet while raising a minimum of $5,000. Register today and throw down the gauntlet as you challenge your colleagues to reach the top!
- Toronto: March 1, 2020
- Vancouver: March 1, 2020
- Calgary: March 8, 2020
- Edmonton: March 15, 2020
A minimum pledge requirement will help to raise vital funds for prostate cancer research. Prostate Cancer Canada is the leading national charity addressing prostate cancer needs across the country.
Where Your Donations Go
Every day, an average of 63 Canadians are diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s the most common cancer among Canadian men.
An average of 11 die from the disease every day. If caught late, three of four will die. The good news is that since Prostate Cancer Canada was created in 1994, the death rate from prostate cancer has dropped by half. If detected early, survival is now close to 100 per cent.
Our efforts have saved and improved lives. But much more needs to be done. We’re working with everyone in the prostate cancer community to work toward a life without cancer. Your fundraising and donations through the Step Up Challenge will help us achieve that.
Proceeds from Calgary’s Step Up Challenge support Dr. Tarek Bismar’s team at the University of Calgary. They are using blood samples from men with slow-growing prostate cancer that has not spread outside the prostate to determine if their disease is likely to advance. Learn more about this project that could offer peace of mind to some men, allowing them to have fewer biopsies, and avoid unnecessary treatments that can have life-changing side effects.
Proceeds from Edmonton’s Step Up Challenge support Dr. Kerry Courneya’s team at the University of Alberta, which is looking at whether exercise can reduce tumour growth and anxiety for men on active surveillance. Learn more about this project that could contribute to delaying, or even eliminating, the need for treatment.
Proceeds from Toronto’s Step Up Challenge support Dr. Shabbir Alibhai’s work at University Health Network. Dr. Alibhai is following older men over one course of treatment to determine how well they tolerate therapies. This information will help determine what supports men might need to reduce side effects and help them stay on treatment longer. He hopes the lessons learned in his study can be widely implemented in two years. He says: “Ultimately men may be able to survive longer and better – with less suffering, less fatigue and less reduction in quality of life.”
Proceeds from Vancouver’s Step Up Challenge are invested in research focused on improving detection, treatment, and survivorship. It also helps us produce valuable support resources and services for men, caregivers, and family members.
Together, we will save and improve more lives.
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