THUNDER BAY, ON ------- Octobert 21, 2010 ----- This year the Fort William Male Choir will do something different for their annual “Prelude to Christmas” concert. Thunder Bay’s oldest musical institution has teamed up with “Prostate Cancer Canada Network – Thunder Bay” to help promote awareness of this disease.
Accordingly the theme for this season’s concert will be “Sing for the Health of it” and a portion of the proceeds will go to Prostate Cancer Canada Network – Thunder Bay. In the photo above choir president Gerald Trembley , Phil Junnila, spokesperson for PCCN-Thunder Bay, and choir vice-president Don Harris Jr. are taking part in a meet and greet event at the Prosvita hall on Simpson Street. Members of the two organizations will use a beef on a bun occasion to get to know one another. It is important if the two groups are to maximize the promise of this collaboration. Don Harris Jr. and Phil Junnila agree that this project is a perfect fit for their respective organizations.
Gerald Trembley, president of FWMC has said “our choir has been affected by this disease. “Promoting healthy activities like singing in a choir, or participating in any of the Arts is something that the FWMC feels is important to do.”
Music Director Ken House and accompanist Diane Crocker noted that the choir is a tight-knit group. The opportunity to donate a portion of this year’s Christmas concert proceeds and to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer was the right thing to do. The choir being a tight-knit group also fits nicely into Prostate Cancer Canada’s theme of “Its a Family Affair.
According to their literature, one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, which makes prostate cancer the most common cancer to afflict men. Prostate Cancer Canada raises funds for the development of programs relayed to awareness, public education, advocacy and support of those affected as well as research into the prevention, treatment and detection of the disease. Prostate Cancer Canada’s vision is to become a global leader in the fight against prostate cancer, earning the support of Canadians through integrity, compassion and innovation.
Prostate cancer affects not only one man in six but their friends and families as well. While the disease is rare in men under 40, men over forty should talk to their doctor about regular PSA tests and establish a PSA baseline for future reference. It is important to understand your risks of being diagnosed with this disease, and if necessary take steps to prevent or treat prostate cancer. It is important to get regular testing done rather than wait for some of the symptoms to bother you before you go to see the doctor.
The other thing that you can do is plan to attend one of Prostate Cancer Canada’s information sessions. To learn more about Prostate Cancer Canada go to www.tbayprostatecancersupport.org
If you want to enjoy a great Male Choir on Tuesday evenings you can find out more about one of Thunder Bay’s cultural gems by going to www.fwmc.ca