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Paying it forward

Ed Rose knew he was at risk of prostate cancer because his grandfather and father both had it. That led him to monitor his prostate through regular PSA testing with his doctor.

In 2007, at 57, he received the news that his PSA level was high. A specialist confirmed prostate cancer.  After studying treatment options, he chose surgery.

“I had a very good recovery and life is pretty normal, which is a good thing to say because that’s what you want. I’ve been lucky,” Ed says.

While he had heard of Prostate Cancer Canada before his cancer, he had not thought much about it. After diagnosis, his doctor gave him brochures from Prostate Cancer Canada. He visited the website for more information.

Ed is now retired and when he was ready to volunteer in 2016, the choice was easy: “It was a logical fit having benefited from the educational materials.”

On Tuesdays when he is in Toronto – he and his partner travel frequently – Ed is at the National Office front desk.

A big part of the role is taking calls: “In answering the phone, I’m helping callers get to where they need to. Families are sometimes at a loss as to what to do. The calls I get are more from family members – a wife or daughter or son – than the person diagnosed. I send out brochures, they help a person adjust. The educational component is very important.”

Sharing information is the most rewarding part of his volunteering, although he is always ready to help with anything from stuffing envelopes to taking donations or making mailing list address changes.

Anne Breakey Hart is Prostate Cancer Canada’s Manager of Volunteer Engagement. She says:

“The presence of a volunteer, who has lived through prostate cancer and in Ed’s case, also cared for a partner with prostate cancer, is incredibly valuable. It’s powerful when staff, patients, survivors and family members interact with him. It makes what we’re doing here real for the team and makes a huge difference for those going through the prostate cancer journey.” 

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Posted: 2019-08-14 10:06:04 AM


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