Vancouver General Hospital comes in first at Harry's Spring Run-Off 8K to Fight Prostate Cancer



    $130,000 donated to Prostate Centre at VGH

    VANCOUVER, March 9 /CNW/ - More than 1,000 participants showed their
support this morning in Vancouver's Stanley Park to raise more than $130,000
for the internationally recognized Prostate Centre at Vancouver General
Hospital in the second annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8K to Fight Prostate
Cancer.
    "We are extremely pleased with the level of participation and the amount
of money raised from today's race," said Larry Rosen, CEO and Chairman of
Harry Rosen Inc., who led Harry Rosen's team of 56 associates in the event.
"I'd like to personally thank all the runners, walkers, sponsors and
volunteers for embracing the cause and helping to make Harry's Spring Run-Off,
our largest prostate cancer initiative to date, a huge success both in terms
of raising funds and awareness."
    "Sponsorship and donations are essential to build on the pioneering
research and patient care at the Prostate Centre at VGH. Proceeds from today's
event will help us advance new research into the causes of this disease and
find new ways to diagnose and bring innovative treatments to patients
earlier," said Dr. Martin Gleave, Director of the Prostate Centre at VGH and
Liber Ero, BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer Research. "While B.C. has
the highest per capita rate of diagnosis for prostate cancer, men in B.C. have
the best outcomes due to the treatment and patient care we offer in our
province. We would like to offer our thanks to everyone who contributed to
this event to help save the lives of men with this disease."
    Ryan Mckenzie of Windsor, Ontario took first place in the 8K competitive
run, one of the earliest events of the Vancouver running season, with a time
of 23:39. Lisa Harvey of Calgary, Alberta was the first female finisher with a
time of 28:04.
    Companies such as McCarthy Tetrault LLP and Penfolds entered corporate
teams, with VFAC Team Z winning the coveted prize of $1,000 in Harry Rosen
gift cards for Fastest Team. Other awards were given out for top finishers in
various age categories. 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.
    The $130,000 raised in today's event came from a combination of
registration fees and pledges to the 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; Zegna Sport, key
sponsor; the Running Room, supporting sponsor; and The Globe and Mail and CBS
Outdoor, media sponsors.
    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 Prostate Centre at VGH

    The 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 Inc.

    Harry Rosen Inc., Canada's leading quality men's wear retailer, is
celebrating its 54th year in business in 2008. With 16 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 Brioni, Canali, Versace Classic, BOSS Hugo Boss,
Armani Collezioni, Ermenegildo Zegna, Prada, Etro, Salvatore Ferragamo, Dolce
and Gabbana and J.P. Tilford by Samuelsohn. Since 2000, Harry Rosen Inc. has
raised money and awareness for prostate cancer in Canada. Through a variety of
initiatives, over $800,000 has been donated to organizations across the
country.

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For further information:

For further information: Rachel Evans, Acting Manager, PR & Special
Events, Harry Rosen Inc., (416) 935-9226, (416) 779-9572 (cell),
revans@harryrosen.com; Stephanie Vicic, Grey Vancouver PR, (604) 484-3291,
(604) 562-8796 (cell), Stephanie_Vicic@greyvancouver.com; Jon Hicke, Director,
Marketing & Communications, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, (604) 875-5196,
(604) 603-5847, jon.hicke@worldclasshealthcare.ca

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