The Father’s Day walk/run for Prostate Cancer Research first started in 1999 under the name Do it For Dad. It was created to raise funds and awareness of prostate cancer and to help support research in this area. In 2009 the group joined Prostate Cancer Canada to connect to the national campaign. In 2017 the group decided to be independent again, and rebranded the event as Dash 4 Dad. This allowed for greater control over the event and meant that all fundraising went to London Health Sciences Foundation for local investment in research and treatment. The first two years of the newly branded event have been a great success with numbers of participants, sponsorship and fundraising increasing. We look forward to continuing to grow the event.
Dash 4 Dad is an entirely volunteer driven committee of prostate cancer survivors, health care workers and family members. All are dedicated to increasing awareness of this cancer with a specific focus on younger men so that prostate cancer can be detected earlier with a much greater chance of successful treatment.
1 in 9 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. Someone’s dad, husband, son, brother or uncle, receives this frightening diagnosis on a daily basis in Canada.
Dash 4 Dad is looking to put an end to this horrible cancer. By participating or donating to Dash 4 Dad, we can get one step closer to accomplishing this. We are proud to support research focusing on minimally invasive procedures and treatments that can improve the outcomes for men and their families facing this disease. All funds directly support London Health Sciences Foundation.
Over the twenty years of this event, the Dash 4 Dad (Do if for Dad) events have raised more than $1 Million for LHSF and have been added to the Foundation’s Donors of Distinction.
Stay tuned for more information on our 2020 event.
2020 Event Information
JOIN US VIRTUALLY FROM JUNE 21 – 28
LIVE Opening Ceremonies: Father’s Day at 10:00 am
Virtual Walk, Run, Cycle, Skip: Between June 21 and 28 we encourage you to run, walk, rollerblade, cycle, skip…whatever you prefer, 5 km in your neighbourhood with your family!
LIVE Wrap-up Celebration: Sunday June 28 at 10:00 am we will showcase your photos, stories, videos and announce top fundraisers!
Use the hashtag #VirtualD4D to have your 2020 Dash 4 Dad memories shared at our closing ceremonies!
Prostate cancer is a disease where cells in the prostate grow and divide abnormally. It is the most common cancer to affect Canadian men. One in seven men will be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime.
A cancerous prostate cell has the following features:
- Uncontrolled growth
- Abnormal structure
- The ability to move to other parts of the body (invasiveness)
It is important to speak to your doctor about prostate cancer screening, as the disease can be slow growing with little to no symptoms and patients may go years without detection.
There is not one specific cause of prostate cancer, but there are some key factors that elevate the risk of developing prostate cancer.
Age: after age 50, chances of developing prostate cancer increase greatly. Nearly two out of three diagnosed men are over the age of 65.
Race: although the reason is not known, men of African or Caribbean descent are diagnosed more commonly, while men of Asian descent are less commonly affected.
Family history: the risk of developing prostate cancer is higher in men who have a history of the disease in their family.
Diet: men consuming high-fat, low-fibre diets are shown to have an increased risk for developing prostate cancer. Research suggests that diets high in saturated fats like processed foods, whole-milk, and fatty cuts of meat, increase the production of testosterone, which may assist in the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Prostate cancer can still develop even though none of these risks may be present.
Fundraising is a key part of furthering the success rates of early detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Fundraised dollars are used for things like research grants, funding for equipment, bettering patient care, and supporting men currently suffering from the disease.
By supporting Dash 4 Dad, you are directly supporting these initiatives with the London Health Sciences Foundation right here at home.