Vancouver General Hospital wins big at Harry's Spring Run-Off 8k to Fight Prostate Cancer



    $105,000 donated to Prostate Centre at VGH

    TORONTO, March 11 /CNW/ - More than 700 participants braved the downpour
to run, walk or splash to the finish line this morning to raise in excess of
$105,000 for internationally recognized Prostate Centre at Vancouver General
Hospital in Stanley Park's first annual Harry's Spring Run-Off 8K to Fight
Prostate Cancer.
    "We couldn't be happier with the amazing turn-out and the amount of money
raised from today's inaugural Vancouver race," said Larry Rosen, CEO and
Chairman of Harry Rosen Inc., who led Harry Rosen's team of 42 associates in
the event. "I'd like to personally thank all the participants, sponsors and
volunteers for 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. We look forward to building on this success in future years by
making this an annual Vancouver event."
    "The proceeds from Harry's Spring Run-Off will make a difference for
prostate cancer patients. These proceeds will help us advance our research
into the causes of this disease, and find new ways to diagnose and bring new
treatments to patients earlier," says Dr. Martin Gleave, Director of the
Prostate Centre at VGH and Liber Ero BC Leadership Chair in Prostate Cancer
Research. "The public awareness that has been raised for prostate cancer as a
result of the event is truly invaluable."
    The 8K competitive run, one of the earliest events of the Vancouver
running season, was comprised of an elite run at 9:00 a.m. and a 10:00 a.m.
public run. Ryan Hayden of Richmond took first place with a time of 23:47.
Lisa Harvey of Calgary was the first female finisher with a time of 27:45.
    Corporations such as McCarthy Tetrault LLP, Medisys Health Group, the
Globe and Mail, Hugo Boss Canada and Zegna Sport, all entered corporate teams,
with Team Nomad Runners winning the coveted prize of a $1,000 in Harry Rosen
gift cards, for Fastest Team. Other awards were given out for top finishers in
various age categories as well as for the Best Dressed Runner. 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 $105,000 raised in today's event came from a combination of
registration fees (100% of all 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; and The Globe and Mail and CBS Outdoor, media
sponsors.

    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 53rd year in business in 2007. 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 $700,000 has been donated to organizations across the
country.


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For further information:

For further information: Shauna Cumming, Manager, PR & Special Events,
Harry Rosen Inc., (416) 935-9226, (416) 902-5902 (cell),
scumming@harryrosen.com; Simone Abt, Grey Worldwide Northwest, (604) 484-3272,
(604) 512-8714 (cell), Simone_abt@grey.net

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