April 9, 2024 Support Group Meeting

Your Steering Committee hopes that everyone is well, and having a wonderful New Year so far.

Tuesday 9 April 2024 Monthly Meeting
Our upcoming meeting is planned for a 7:00pm start on Tuesday 9 April 2024. It will be a  Hybrid-ZOOM meeting; please join us in person at the Hospice (Empress St.) or remotely at the following ZOOM Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6953623178

For those attending in person, please bring pot-luck desserts if possible.

For this month’s meeting, we will view a YouTube Video presentation by Dr. Jack Barkin, on High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for prostate cancer treatment (https://youtu.be/XXI8NteEllE). HIFU is a minimally invasive medical procedure that uses ultrasound waves to treat certain conditions, such as tumors, uterine fibroids and tremor. The very high-intensity and highly focused sound waves interact with targeted tissues in your body to modify or destroy them.

Dr. Jack Barkin, the founding partner and medical director of Can-Am HIFU, who performed the first Canadian HIFU treatment in 2006, speaks about this ‘most effective, minimally invasive’ localized prostate cancer treatment. He has authored over 100 papers on different aspects of urology in medical and urologic journals, worked on over 250 clinical trials, served as a medical advisory board member for many organizations, and speaks in countries around the world.

Dr. Sorenson will also be available (via ZOOM) to answer any questions.

Future Meetings
We will be working with Dr. Sorensen for presenters for our May meeting. We also hope to have a spring BBQ for the June meeting. We had a get-together last June at Legion 594 (Howard Ave). We would welcome any ideas on this or other venues for a Spring BBQ. We look forward to seeing as many folks as possible. Please remember to “advertise” our group and meetings to anyone you are aware of that is dealing with prostate cancer.

Volunteering Opportunities

Thanks to those who offered to lend a hand at this year’s Play for A Cure event, Friday April 19th at Vollmer Centre, LaSalle. You can still show your support by attending the evening All-Star Game. Details and tickets available through this link: 2024 All-Star Game – Play for a Cure

We are still a few weeks away from some other events needing our support including:

Hospice Dove Pin Campaign – Thursday 25 April to Sunday 28 April 2024. Details and volunteer sign-up at this link: Events for April 2024 – Windsor Essex Hospice (thehospice.ca)

WRH Foundation Golf Tournament – Wednesday May 22, 2024 at Essex Golf & Country Club. This will be a fundraising event for a new DaVinci Surgical Robot Machine for the WRH;

Motorcycle Ride for Dad

Sunday 26 May 2024. Details/sign-up/pledge at this link: Windsor – Ride For Dad

If you are interested in participating in these or other events, please let us know. They are very worthy campaigns that are important to us in helping spread the word of early detection and our existence as a support group.

A few hours of your time are very valuable to us and our cause.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada Latest Newsletter
Please remember that Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada (www.prostatecanada.ca), does an amazing job and provides significant valuable support to our group and support groups across the country. We encourage you to visit their web-site; it is a mint of information and help that directly helps individuals. Monthly newsletters can be accessed through this link:

News | Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada (prostatecanada.ca)

Reminder – March 12, 2024 Meeting via Zoom Only

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February 8th Meeting Reminder

Please remember that our Support Group February meeting date is changed to this Thursday, February 8th @ 7:00 p.m. instead of our usual second Tuesday (February 13). This change, for this meeting only, is due to a conflicting Hospice commitment on February 13th.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.

As with normal meetings, this will be a Hybrid-ZOOM meeting; please join us in person at the Hospice (Empress St.) or remotely at the following ZOOM Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6953623178

For those attending in person, please bring pot-luck desserts if possible.

The presenter for this meeting will be Sonia McMahon-Comartin from the local chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).  Sonia has worked in mental health and wellness roles within the public sector for over 20 years, assisting a multitude of people of all ages.  She obtained her Psychology Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, specialized grief and loss certification from the University of Western Ontario, and Professional Life Coaching Accreditation from the Coaches Training Institute. Sonia is the Bereavement Educator for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch, offering various bereavement seminars and webinars, as well as coordinating and facilitating a number of loss-specific grief support groups.

Topics will include CMHA, its services, and other mental health services that might be available to prostate cancer survivors and their loved ones. Nancy Hannon (WRH Social Worker) previously briefed our group last year on mental health services that the Windsor Cancer Centre provides; her presentation was excellent, relevant, and very well received.  We look forward to Sonia’s presentation to see what other mental health services are available.

Upcoming Events:

Play for a Cure on Friday 17 April from 0800 to 1600 requiring 8 to 10 volunteers

WRH Foundation Golf Tournament Wednesday May 22, 2024 at Essex Golf & Country Club).  Funds from this year’s tournament will support the Dr. Richard Boyd Men’s Health Program, specifically with funding being directed to assist with the purchase of a new DaVinci Robot for Windsor Regional Hospital.  This event requires up to 12 volunteers for “Hole-in-One” and “Beat the Pro” contests.  These entail 3 hour shifts with the 1 shift enjoying a brunch and the second shift a cocktail  reception.

Garry

Support Hub 2023 Summary Report from PCFC:

For those of you who have not yet received the Support Hub 2023 Summary Report, you may access it at this link.

The Summary Report includes a summary overview at the beginning, a detailed report from each breakout room and panel, and attendance data. (Note that you may jump to a section of interest by clicking on that section in the table of contents on the 1st page)

Please feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, or feedback.

Thank you, as always, for your participation and support,

Richelle Green, Support Services Manager

Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada

Direct  |  richelle@prostatecanada.ca  |  604.834.7757

#4-17918 55th Avenue, Surrey, BC  V3S 6C8 Canada

General Inquiries  |  1.877.840.9173  |  prostatecanada.ca

February 8, 2024 Support Group Meeting

Please note that our Support Group February meeting date is changed to Thursday, February 8th @ 7:00 p.m. instead of our usual second Tuesday (February 13). This change, for this meeting only, is due to a conflicting Hospice commitment on February 13th.  Please mark your calendars accordingly.

As with normal meetings, this will be a Hybrid-ZOOM meeting; please join us in person at the Hospice (Empress St.) or remotely at the following ZOOM Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6953623178 

For those attending in person, please bring pot-luck desserts if possible.

The presenter for this meeting will be Sonia McMahon-Comartin from the local chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).  Sonia has worked in mental health and wellness roles within the public sector for over 20 years, assisting a multitude of people of all ages.  She obtained her Psychology Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, specialized grief and loss certification from the University of Western Ontario, and Professional Life Coaching Accreditation from the Coaches Training Institute. Sonia is the Bereavement Educator for the Canadian Mental Health Association, Windsor-Essex County Branch, offering various bereavement seminars and webinars, as well as coordinating and facilitating a number of loss-specific grief support groups.

Topics will include CMHA, its services, and other mental health services that might be available to prostate cancer survivors and their loved ones. Nancy Hannon (WRH Social Worker) previously briefed our group last year on mental health services that the Windsor Cancer Centre provides; her presentation was excellent, relevant, and very well received.  We look forward to Sonia’s presentation to see what other mental health services are available.

Future Meetings

The current plan for the Tuesday 12 March 2024 meeting includes a presentation by the Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) Foundation.  We will be working with Dr. Sorensen for presenters for our April and May meetings.  We hope to have a spring BBQ for the June meeting.  We look forward to seeing as many folks as possible.  Please remember to “advertise” our group and meetings to anyone you are aware of that is dealing with prostate cancer.

Volunteering Opportunities

We are still a few months away from some events needing our support such as Play for a Cure and Motorcycle Ride for Dad.  If you are interested in participating in these, or other events, please let us know.  We are also still looking for help such as financial manager and web-site support.

Community Outreach and Awareness

In addition to volunteering to help with events, we also enjoy giving presentations to companies and other organizations.  If you have any connections or leads in that regard, please let us know.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada January Newsletter

Please remember that Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada (www.prostatecanada.ca), does an amazing job and provides significant valuable support to our group and support groups across the country.   We encourage you to visit their web-site; it is a mint of information and help that directly helps individuals.  The following is a link to their latest monthly newsletter:

https://mailchi.mp/prostatecanada/jan-2024-debrief?e=30e4966d09

Garry

Garry W. Loeper, CD, MScEng, PCIP, PMP, PEng

e-mail: gwloeper@gmail.com

cell: (613) 913-4799

December 2023 PCSWE Holiday Meeting

Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex (PCSWE)

December Communique

Tuesday 5 December 2023 Christmas Party

Just a gentle reminder that our December meeting will NOT be held on the Second Tuesday of December.  Instead, our Christmas party is planned for a 5:30pm start on Tuesday 5 December 2023 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594 located at 5030 Howard Ave.; this coincides with that Legion’s bi-weekly spaghetti dinner.  This dinner costs $10/person and normally runs from 4:30pm to 6:30pm; it includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad and a bun. 

The Legion will segregate part of the hall for our members and they will let us remain and enjoy the hall after the dinner has finished and everyone else has left.  Here are some of the advantages of this venue, which is a nice newer and cheerful building:

·         There will be no cost for the hall rental assuming a sufficient number of members attend the spaghetti dinner;

·         The $10/person cost for the dinner is reasonable;

·         There will be a bar with bartender on duty;

·         The hall will be nicely decorated with Christmas decorations and music; and

·         The Legion will allow our members to bring potluck desserts;

The Steering Committee hopes that you also find this plan to be equally exciting.  In order to assure success, we would like to know the following:

·         Numbers of members and guests who plan to attend;

·         Who will be bringing desserts; and

·         Any suggestions that would make this event memorable.

We prefer to know if you’re coming.  Please e-mail us (winexpcsg@gmail.com) or contact any of our Steering Committee members; their contact information can be found on our website (www.wpcsg.com/steering-committee/).

Future Planned Monthly Meetings

Please remember that we do not meet in January.  For the upcoming 2024 winter meetings (February to May) the following presenters have indicated a desire to meet with us and provide a presentation:

·         Dr. Sorensen (Urologist)

·         Dr. Springer (Radiation Oncologist)

·         Canadian Mental Health Association

·         Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) Foundation

If there are other ideas you have for presentations, please let us know.

Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation Grow-On Campaign

A huge thanks goes out to all of you who either joined our PCSWE Grow-On Team or donated generously to this year’s campaign.  With your support, the Grow-On Windsor 2023 campaign is closing in on their $350,000 goal and donations are still rolling in. Our Team, led by Wayne and Jim, is proud to have contributed a total of over $3,400 to date. Thanks to all!

Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada Latest Newsletter

As discussed at our November meeting, our National Group, Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada (www.prostatecanada.ca), does an amazing job and provides significant valuable support to our group and support groups across the country.   We encourage you to visit their web-site; it is a mint of information and help that directly helps individuals.  The following is a link to their latest monthly newsletter: Your November 2023 Prostate Cancer Support Monthly Debrief⭐ (mailchi.mp) 

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The following link also provides some insight into all the great things they do for us and you:  (https://bit.ly/pcfcsupportquickguide)

Patient Empowerment Program (PC-PEP)

PC-PEP (www.pcpep.org) is a home-based on-line cost-effective intervention that consists of 6 months of daily emails with video links for strength exercises with increased difficulty levels, pelvic floor training, phone text alerts three times a day, to help with urinary incontinence, stress reduction through the use of a biofeedback device, dietary and relationship, social connection with men who are taking the program and mentors who have completed the program, and monthly group video conference for support.

Special Thanx
We would like to thank all that have helped us during the past year such as participating in events such as Play for a Cure, Health/Wellness Fairs, and Motorcycle Ride for Dad, etc.  We would especially like to thank Olav Kitchen and Brian Robinson who have enabled our Hybrid-ZOOM meetings to be a success.  Thank-you Olav and Brian.

Garry

Garry W. Loeper, CD, MScEng, PCIP, PMP, PEng

e-mail: gwloeper@gmail.com

cell: (613) 913-4799

November 14, 2023 Support Group Meeting

Hello All

Upcoming Hybrid-Zoom meeting Tuesday 14 November 2023

At our October Meeting, Dr. Ronald Sorensen’s presentation on genetics and prostate cancer was excellent and well received.
Our special thank-you to Dr. Sorensen, one of our local respected Urologists who was instrumental in establishing our Support Group years ago and continues to be very supportive.  At our November Meeting – Dr. Sorensen will be presenting again; the topic to be confirmed.

We would hope you can join us in person on Tuesday, November 14th @ 7:00 p.m. at Hospice, 6038 Empress St., Windsor, ON. If you’re unable to attend, then please join us on Zoom at this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6953623178

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday 5 December Christmas Season Social – Rather than the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday 12 December, we will have our Christmas Season get together at Legion 594 (Howard) on Tuesday 5 December, which is coincident with that Legion’s bi-weekly Spaghetti Dinner. This has proven to be very successful the past few years. As with previous years, please bring potluck desserts.
Winter 2024 Meetings – The following summarizes some of the presentation ideas for the winter 2024 meetings:
CMHA – Sonia McMahon-Comartin has agreed to give a presentation in the Winter of 2024, currently penciled in for the Tuesday 13 February meeting. Sonia is the Mental Health Educator for the Windsor Chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA);
WRH Foundation – Ashley Weeres, who is the Manager of Philanthropy for the WRH Foundation agreed to give a presentation during one of our winter sessions;
National Group – Garry plans to share a briefing regarding the National Group that focuses on providing feedback on the many services that Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada (PCFC) offers; and
Medical Professionals – We will continue to engage Dr. Sorensen and other medical professionals for upcoming winter program presentations. The following previously indicated interest:
Dr. Jonathan Peng – WRH Radiation Oncologist, and
Dr. Tom Deklaj, Urologist

OUTREACH
The following summarizes some of the outreach activities that your Steering Committee has been and will be engaged in:

Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH) Foundation – On Tuesday 24 October Garry met with Ashley Weeres who is the Manager of Philanthropy for the WRH Foundation. Ashley detailed an upcoming fundraising campaign to acquire a second DaVinci Machine. She requested a volunteer from our group who has undergone the DaVinci procedure to share their story as part of this campaign. If you are interested in participating, please let us know.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada (PCFC) – On Saturday 28 October, the National group (PCFC) held a conference for all support group leaders across the country. Garry chaired a break-out session as part of this conference to provide feedback on the many services that PCFC provides. This was a well attended and successful conference.

Windsor Spitfires – We manned our Awareness Booth at the Spitfires Game on Saturday 28 October where we were able to distribute close to a hundred “Get Checked” flyers.
WE SPARK HEALTH Institute – Garry and Jim were invited by Dr. Lisa Porter (University of Windsor) to attend the WE-SPARK Health Research Conference at Caesars Windsor on Saturday 4 November. This conference profiled many research topics, many of which had direct application to prostate cancer; it also gave us an opportunity to network with the medical research community.
Communication/Brochures to Local Urologists – We continue to try and deliver posters, brochures, and other awareness documents to local urologists. The next time you have an appointment with your Urologist, please ask if they are interested in a poster and brochures in their waiting rooms.
UNIFOR – Garry continues to engage Dave Cassidy (UNIFOR) to discuss strategies for approaching local companies to brief. Garry will be briefing UNIFOR Local 200 and Local 1973 on Thursday 9 November.
City of Windsor – As a follow-on to the “Light up in Blue” campaign, the City of Windsor requested that we give a presentation which may happen in spring 2024.
Organizations to Approach – We are keenly interested in approaching companies (e.g. Stellantis, Ford, etc.) and other organizations to provide community awareness briefings. If you have any ideas, please let us know.

Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation Grow-On Campaign

Garry, Jim F., and Murray attended the Grow-On campaign kick-off on Thursday 26 October. Grow On Windsor is a local fundraising campaign created by the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation in 2015. The campaign takes place every November in support of cancer awareness, research and treatment for men living in our region. To date, Grow On Windsor has raised more than $1 million and, most importantly, every dollar raised in this region stays local. We have been proud supporters of Grow On Windsor since its inception. We hope you’ll support our team this month.

You can join our fundraising team, or make your donation, through the following link:

https://www.canadahelps.org/s/6jPGpK

Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada

News from PCFC can be found at this link:

Your October 2023 Prostate Cancer Support Monthly Debrief

Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex Baseball Caps and Shirts

Shirts and Baseball Caps, with our embroidered logo, are available for sale. Special thanks to Dr. Sorensen who has managed to sell over 100 of our baseball caps.  In addition to our Awareness Activities at events, selling our baseball caps is proving to be a great way to “advertise” our existence.  We would welcome any ideas on opportunities to sell our baseball caps.

Garry

Garry W. Loeper, CD, MScEng, PCIP, PMP, PEng

October 10, 2023 Support Group Meeting

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello All

Upcoming Hybrid-Zoom meeting Tuesday 10 October 2023

Dr. Ronald Sorensen will be briefing our group; he is one of our local respected Urologists who was instrumental in establishing our Support Group.  He plans to talk about genetics as a risk factor for Prostate Cancer.  This should prove to be an interesting presentation by an enthusiastic medical professional who is passionate about the success of our group.

We would hope you can join us in person on Tuesday, October 10th @ 7:00 p.m. at Hospice, 6038 Empress St., Windsor, ON. If you’re unable to attend, then please join us on Zoom at this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6953623178

The Prostate Cancer Patient Empowerment Program (PC-PEP)

During our previous meeting on Tuesday 12 September, we were fortunate to have a special presentation on the “Prostate Cancer Patient Empowerment Program”.  PC-PEP is a free comprehensive daily home-based 6-month Patient Empowerment Program offered by Dr. Rob Rutledge, MD, Radiation Oncologist and Dr. Gabriela Ilie, PhD, a Psychology Professor and Scientist at Dalhousie University. If you missed the presentation, you can access the recorded version at this YouTube link:

PC PEP What you need to know and do after a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis – YouTube

We encourage our members to learn more about PC-PEP at this link:

pcpep.org – Patient Education and Empowerment Programs for Prostate Cancer Patients

Outreach Events

On Friday 29 September, we manned an awareness booth at the VistaPrint Health and Wellness Fair; this was well received and we were able to get our message, out to over 200 folks, of the benefits of early detection.  We look forward to other opportunities this fall such as:

·       Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation Grow-On Campaign; and

·       Windsor Spitfire Hockey Game

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these, please let us know.  If you are aware of other community awareness opportunities, please also let us know.

Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation Grow-On Campaign

Grow On Windsor is a local fundraising campaign created by the Windsor Cancer Centre Foundation in 2015. The campaign takes place every November in support of cancer awareness, research and treatment for men living in our region. To date, Grow On Windsor has raised more than $1 million and, most importantly, every dollar raised in this region stays local. We have been proud supporters of Grow On Windsor since its inception. We hope you’ll join our team this coming November.

Team Up For Grow On Windsor – YouTube

City of Windsor “Light up in Blue” – 8 to 15 September 2023

As part of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Prostate Cancer Support Canada had over 130 landmarks across Canada lighting up in blue to bring awareness to the number 1 cancer in men.  Our thanks to The City of Windsor, who also participated in this event at our request.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada

Prostate Cancer Support Canada and the BC group amalgamated to continue as “Prostate Cancer Foundation Canada.”  There is a national conference, “Support Hub 2023” scheduled for Support Group leaders on Saturday afternoon, 28 October 2023.  Members are also welcome to join in. Garry will be chairing a break-out session during this conference.  We are looking for a volunteer to help Garry by taking notes to help document a record of discussion.  If you are able to volunteer for a few hours during this Zoom meeting, please let us know.

Other news from PCFC can be found at this link:

Your September 2023 Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Debrief

Prostate Cancer Support Windsor/Essex Baseball Caps and Shirts

Shirts and Baseball Caps, with our embroidered logo, are available for sale. Special thanks to Dr. Sorensen who has managed to sell over 100 of our baseball caps.  In addition to our Awareness Activities at events, selling our baseball caps is proving to be a great way to “advertise” our existence.  We would welcome any ideas on opportunities to sell our baseball caps.

Garry

Garry W. Loeper, CD, MScEng, PCIP, PMP, PEng

September 12, 2023 Support Group Meeting

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Save the Date – Tuesday, September 12th

 “The Prostate Cancer Patient Empowerment Program – What You Need to Know and Do after a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis”

As we return to our Monthly Support Group Meetings after our Summer Break, we’re so pleased to bring you an outstanding program on The Prostate Cancer Patient Empowerment Program www.pcpep.org presented by our guest speakers, Dr. Robert Rutledge, MD and Gabriela Ilie, PhD live via Zoom from Halifax, N.S. and facilitated by Dr. Ronald Sorensen and Dr. Colvin Springer onsite at our monthly meeting.

Please mark your calendars to join us Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. EDT sharp, either in person at Hospice of Windsor, 6038 Empress St., Windsor, Ontario, or via Zoom (link will be provided as we get closer to the meeting date).


Dr. Robert Rutledge, MD, FRCPC

Radiation Oncologist, Nova Scotia Cancer Centre
Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

Gabriela Ilie, PhD

Principal Investigator and Lead of the ProstateCancer-PEP (PC-PEP) Program
Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine Endowed Soillse Scientist in Prostate Cancer Quality of Life Research
Associate Professor Faculty of Medicine | Department of Community Health and Epidemiology | Department of Urology | Department of Radiation Oncology | Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

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