Vancouver General Hospital a winner at Harry's Spring Run-Off 8K to fight
prostate cancer

Four-year total of more than $500,000 raised for Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH

VANCOUVER, March 7 /CNW/ - On a clear Sunday morning in Stanley Park, more than 1,000 participants showed their support to raise over $123,000 for the internationally recognized Vancouver Prostate Centre at (VGH) in the fourth annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8K to Fight Prostate Cancer.

"We are so proud to say that we've reached the half million mark after four years, with the $123,000 from today's run," said Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of Harry Rosen Inc., who led Harry Rosen's team of 45 associates in the event. "We couldn't be happier with the level of participation and the amount of money raised from today's race - especially given all the excitement going on in Vancouver so far this year. I'd like to personally thank all the runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers for continuing to embrace the cause and helping to make Harry's Spring Run-Off 2010 a resounding success."

"We're grateful to the donors, sponsors and participants who contributed to this event; they are helping improve the future for men with prostate cancer," said Dr. Martin Gleave, Director of the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH and Liber Ero BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer Research. "Here in B.C, we have the highest rate of prostate cancer in Canada, per capita. Thanks to events such as this, we have the lowest mortality rate. Why? It's primarily due to the leading-edge research, treatment and care our doctors and prostate cancer researchers can provide. Our research advances have led to better and more effective treatments for men from across the province and around the world."

Willy Kimosop of Lethbridge Alberta took first place in the 8K competitive run, one of the earliest events of the Vancouver running season, with a time of 23:39. Malindi Elmore of Kelowna BC was the first female finisher with a time of 26:45.

Companies such as GWL Realty and HSBC entered corporate teams, with the Prostate PSA team from VGH winning the coveted prize of $1,000 in Harry Rosen gift cards for Fastest Team. The Best Dressed Runner award went to Domenic Smaldino for completing the run dressed in a blazer, bow tie, and shorts. The top individual and team fundraisers will be announced on the website in the coming weeks once final tallies are done, with the team that raises the most money winning $2,500 in Harry Rosen gift cards, as well as thousands of dollars in gift cards from The Running Room for individual fundraisers.

The $123,000 raised in today's event came from a combination of registration fees and pledges to VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. In addition to title sponsor Harry Rosen Inc., funding for the event was generously provided by HSBC Bank Canada, presenting sponsor; The Running Room, key sponsor; and The Vancouver Sun, media sponsor.

More information about today's run, including full results, can be found at www.canadarunningseries.com/spring8k.

About VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is a registered charity that raises funds for the latest, most sophisticated medical equipment, world-class research and improvements to patient care for Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. For more information, please visit www.worldclasshealthcare.ca

About the Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH

The Vancouver Prostate Centre at VGH is a UBC Centre and National Centre of Excellence uniting a trans-disciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists to study molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and therapeutic resistance, identify gene targets for intervention, and use this information to create new therapies to improve care for men with prostate cancer.

About Harry Rosen

Harry Rosen Inc., Canada's leading quality men's wear retailer, is celebrating its 56th year in business in 2010. Founded in 1954 by the man whose name the chain still bears, Harry Rosen Inc. has grown from a single 500-square-foot store in Toronto to become a powerhouse in Canadian retailing with 15 stores across the country, accounting for 40 percent of the Canadian market in high-end men's wear. Harry Rosen stores offer extensive collections of the world's finest men's wear labels including Tom Ford, Brunello Cucinelli, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Armani Collezioni, Brioni, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace, Hugo Boss, Prada, Cole Haan, Salvatore Ferragamo, Loro Piana and J.P. Tilford by Samuelsohn.

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SOURCE Harry Rosen Inc.

For further information: For further information: Julie D'Uva, PR & Special Events, Harry Rosen Inc., (416) 935-9224, (416) 823-6410 (mobile), jduva@harryrosen.com; Katherine Kosowan, Associate Director, Marketing & Communications, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, (604) 790-9866 (mobile), Katherine.kosowan@worldclasshealthcare.ca

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