Showing thanks for employees’ years of service can take many forms – a card, a cake, a bouquet – but wearing plaid? If it means raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer research through Plaid for Dad™, then employees at Kindersley and District Health Centre were happy to do just that.
Plaid for dad Event participants gather to create a sea of plaid.
“Everyone thought it was a great cause to fundraise for as almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way,” said Sharon Forsyth, facility administrator. “I lost my father to prostate cancer and if we could raise some awareness about the campaign and possibly help someone in the future, that was all right by me.”
Plaid for Dad™ is a national initiative where teams raise funds for Prostate Cancer Canada, all while wearing plaid. About one in seven men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.
Pictured are (L-R) Nancy Knorr, assistant head nurse and Sharon Forsyth, facility administrator.
Kindersley’s event included a steak and chicken barbecue with door prizes, raffles and a 50/50 draw. Live entertainment was provided by the Mitch Larock Band. More than 200 staff attended the barbecue with a number of them donning their lumberjack or cowboy shirts, plaid scrubs, scarfs and hats. Participants raised nearly $500.
Staff member Robert Edbom, who received an award for 35 years of service, wore plaid on plaid for the event.
The event had particular significance for Eva Schwab, the centre’s recreation working supervisor. Her husband was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer in the fall of 2017 and has been dealing with treatment options since that time. Most recently he has had surgery to remove his prostate and is awaiting word on whether he will need chemotherapy, radiation, or both.
“It is so important to donate to such worthy causes and early detection was something my husband benefited from.
“They caught it [the cancer] early and that was a relief to us.”
Pictured are (L-R) Shannon Hill Oman, recreation worker and Eva Schwab, recreation working supervisor.
Schwab said if her husband requires chemotherapy he may be able to receive the treatments in Kindersley through the Community Oncology Program of Saskatchewan (COPS), saving them from travelling 400-kilometres plus round trip to Saskatoon for treatment. The goal of COPS, a Saskatchewan Cancer Agency program, is to provide cancer patients with care, treatment and support in or near their home communities. There are 16 COPS sites located in regional hospitals throughout Saskatchewan.