From death sentence to Cruisin’ for a Cure Canada


The morning after working out on a stationary cycle, Jim Dorsey had blood in his urine. It was 1999 and he was 55. This first symptom, discovered by ‘pure accident’, led to a diagnosis of advanced, aggressive prostate cancer. 

“Part of the bargain I made was that I will do whatever I could to avoid other families having to go through what my wife and I went through,” he says.

Shortly after his diagnosis in 1999, he joined his local prostate cancer support group in Brampton. Like Prostate Cancer Canada, the support group, now named Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN) Brampton, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019.

“We’re very active. We go everywhere we can to talk about prostate cancer. We do at least one event a month in the Brampton area. We see 500-1,000 men and women at these events. We have people in tears when we talk to them because they’re newly diagnosed and absolutely terrified,” Jim says. “To be able to walk away from someone who’s calm and convinced there’s a way forward, it’s very important.”

A unique aspect of PCCN Brampton is their car-related events: “We’ve hung a lot of what we do on going where the guys with cars are and talking to them about prostate cancer. Last year, we were made aware of a dozen men who had been treated because of our awareness activities.”

Since 2007, Jim and Paul Henshall, also a prostate cancer survivor and car enthusiast, have run Cruisin’ for a Cure Canada. Originally started in California and brought to Canada by Jim, Cruisin’ combines cars, awareness and fundraising.

Hundreds of car enthusiasts bring their vehicles and thousands attend, visiting the mobile PSA test clinic, reading materials about the disease and connecting with survivors and family members who can answer questions. Each year, the event raises $10,000 for Prostate Cancer Canada to invest in its education, awareness and survivorship programs.

Details about the 2019 Cruisin’ for Cure available here.
 
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Posted: 2019-08-09 10:54:44 AM


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