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Prostate Cancer Ride for Dad

Prostate Cancer Ride for Dad

Father knows best

Cancer Ride targets men across country

By Paul Henshall Photos by Gary Carty our years ago, my urologist called me in to review my recent prostate biopsy. The news was bad - I had prostate cancer cells - but it certainly could have been worse. The pathologist took 10 samples were taken but only one needle read positive. Prostate cancer is a disease that will be diagnosed in one of six men. More have it but don’t/won’t get tested… Not long after getting the news from my doctor, I was reading the local paper when I saw Mark Dailey, CITY-TV’s voice and face of the news in southern Ontario and a prostate cancer survivor, as guest emcee of Peel’s Motorcycle Ride for Dad, ‘An Army of Chrome and Leather Fighting Prostate Cancer.’ My immediate reaction, seeing that news article, was to surf the internet to learn

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more about the Ride. I discovered it is big! Also, Hamilton’s ride would go out in just three weeks. Years had passed since I had my Yamaha so a quick call to a close friend and, voila, a Honda 750 Nighthawk was at my disposal. I set out a pledge form on a clipboard in the photocopy room at the elementary school where I worked as a temporary Vice Principal. I also canvassed family and friends and before too long I had over $1200 to hand in to the Hamilton Ride. Through some business dealings, I had become acquainted with Mike Galipeau of Inside Track Communications, the parent company of Inside Motorcycles. Mike suggested that Inside Motorcycles might like to get involved in some way. I had purchased a V-Star 650, the ‘Silver Lady’, in the meantime and had been enjoying rolling up the odometer on further Hamilton and then Kitchener Rides. Last spring Mike called to

say that Yamaha Motor Canada had graciously offered a Stratoliner Deluxe for the Ride that I would be doing with the Peel group. And what a bike it was. That word barely captures the essence of the machine. I enjoy the performance of the ‘Lady’ when I scoot up the highway. But wind open the throttle on a V-twin engine 250cc larger than the average compact car and you have all the acceleration and torque you want this side of a crotch rocket. The 2010 Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe features all the modern technology combined with a retro styling that turns heads as you glide by. Did I say glide? The exhaust on this monster is Jekyll and Hyde. Cruising along, a gentle purr, but crack open the throttle and it’s as if the mufflers fell off. There is a blat worthy of anything short of a full open pipe. It’s great sport to flip between attitudes.

The bold black fairing with shorty windscreen, massive chrome two-into-one pipes, cavernous solid bags and sweet teardrop taillight and signals catch the eye immediately. Later, the fat tank, chrome stripes and iPod-fed stereo plus other pleasant surprises pop up. Purists may want a manual choke but F.I. starts are so effortless. The Stratoliner didn’t feel much larger than the Lady and handled as gently too. Only after I returned it to Yamaha and rode home did I realize the considerable size difference. The windshield proved to be the only negative I found about the bike. I ride tall and the slipstream caught me just on the throat. Thus, any protection from wind noise you might expect was lost to me along with the clear sounds of that beautiful stereo. A taller screen has yet to hit the options list. Since it is fastened to the fairing and not a metal frame, vibration and flex of a taller windscreen could be issues. There

always will be at least one conflict between style and function in all designs. The Peel Motorcycle Ride for Dad route mixed the twisting scenic roads we all enjoy up through the Credit Valley, Belfountain, Cataract and Alton, plus long leisurely runs along the straighter highways and concessions through to Hillsburg, Erin and Acton. Thus, it provided a custom made route to check the manners of this 368kg machine. I found its balance and poise to be remarkThe Yamaha Stratoliner Deluxe was a real head-turner. PhOTO bY PauL heNShaLL

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able, never a worry about dropping it. Acceleration was effortless and the triple discs slowed it down smoothly and with as much scrub as my nerve allowed. I suppose I should have bought a retro helmet, instead of my full-face, to complete the package. A colleague, and fellow survivor, and I took a run up to Collingwood for breakfast one cool morning. Of course, the route of choice was Airport Road. There seemed to be no hills and the toughest part was not to tempt predictability and fly through a laser trap! Prostate cancer is the ‘man-only’ disease. The prostate sits around the neck of the bladder, almost doughnut-like. A normal one is about the size of a walnut. The prostate produces a fluid that is a key component of ejaculate. When something goes bad, the prostate produces excess PSA, which spills into the blood and can be detected with a simple blood test, usually part of a check-up for other things such as cholesterol and triglycerides. Elevated PSA could be caused by enlargement, inflammation or cancer — only your urologist knows for sure! The dreaded DRE, the digital rectal exam where the doctor actually feels the outer texture of the gland through the rectal wall, is another part of the check-up. Smooth is the word you want to hear. Recent investigations have identified 24 varieties of prostate cancer from almost benign to ultra aggressive. Fortunately, we now have 14 treatment options, and more being developed. The tricky part of the treatment is where the prostate sits, cradled deep in the pelvis. There are nerves vital to urinary control and erectile function right there that could be damaged. It reminds one of the congested scene under the hood of modern cars. Does your doctor have small hands…?

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Prostate Cancer Ride for Dad Motorcycle Ride for Dad has raised $7 million to date. Funds go to cancer research centres in the vicinity of each Ride.

One expert recently said that riding a bicycle or motorcycle has not been shown to be a contributing factor to the cause of prostate cancer. Whew! There are numerous activities that promote research into prostate cancer. Motorcycle Ride for Dad has raised $7 million, which supports programs in each Ride’s local area. Last year’s Rides generated $1.7 million. Funds raised go to cancer research centres in the vicinity of each Ride. Two noteworthy Rides were held in 2009. In Kitchener over 1000 bikes responded to the, ”start your engines” call. In Ottawa, the original home of the Ride, about 1750 bikes roared to life. And the scene repeats itself annually in centres from coast to coast, mostly during late May through June.

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Prostate Cancer Ride for Dad

2011 Ride Schedule LOCATION

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CHAPTER BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver Island (Victoria)

Sunday, May 15

West Coast (Vancouver)

Saturday, May 14

Comox Valley

Saturday, June 4

Northern BC (Prince George)

Saturday, June 18

Okanagan

Sunday, June 12

ALBERTA Calgary

Saturday, June 18

Edmonton

Saturday, June 11

Rural Alberta Ride

Saturday, June 25

SASKATCHEWAN Saskatoon

Saturday, June 18

MANITOBA Manitoba (Winnipeg)

Saturday, May 28

ONTARIO Don Jorgensen was cochair of the 2010 Peel Ride.

The Ride tracks pledges accumulated by individuals and recognizes those who have exceeded $1000 to date, and even higher plateaus. Over four years my total has passed $10,000, thanks to support of friends and family. Another organization that works to eradicate this insidious disease is Prostate Cancer Canada and the Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN). The Brampton Chapter presents Cruisin’ for a Cure annually and offers free on-the-spot PSA tests, that simple blood test used to detect something is not right in the prostate. The Cruise is a “show and shine” every September at the Powerade Centre in Brampton and welcomes all vehicles. Movember, which started as a crazy idea over a few beers in the wilds of Australia has grown to be an annual event in 10 countries, including Canada. The concept is simple. Grow a moustache during November and seek pledges. How easy is that activity? In 2010, Canadians raised over $22 million watching hair grow. Do you want to get involved? Has a relative or friend of yours been diagnosed? Does someone need support to get through the stress of diagnosis? Google PCCN or any of the other organizations and make a move. Are you 40 and not tested yet? Insist that your doctor prescribe the test. For about the price of a 2-4 of beer, you can save yourself a lot of anguish later. As a three-year survivor, I certainly did. Postscript: Mark Daily passed away on Dec. 6, 2010 from kidney cancer that subsequently spread to his lungs.

Huronia (Orillia/Barrie)

Saturday, May 28

Kingston-Quinte

Sunday, May 29

London

Sunday, May 29

Niagara

Sunday, May 29

Windsor

Sunday, May 29

Grand River (Kitchener)

Saturday, June 4

Ottawa

Saturday, June 4

Durham

Saturday, June 11

Golden Horseshoe (Hamilton)

Saturday, June 11

Peel

Saturday, June 11

Nipissing (North Bay)

Saturday, June 18

QUÉBEC Montréal NEW BRUNSWICK Moncton

Saturday, June 4

Fredericton

Saturday, June 4

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PEI

Halifax

Saturday, June 4

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•www.motorcycleridefordad.org•www.prostatecancer.ca •www.pccnbrampton.com•www.ca.movember.com •www.cruisinforacurecanada.com•www.yamaha-motor.ca

NWT (Yellowknife)

Saturday, June 18

Sunday, June 5

YUKON Yukon

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Saturday, May 28

NOVA SCOTIA

Avalon (St. John’s)

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Saturday, May 28

Saturday, June 18