Join Prostate Cancer Canada’s special 10 year anniversary of Pants Off for Prostate Cancer, at Pride!
Pants Off for Prostate Cancer has been a signature event for Prostate Cancer Canada, Canada’s leading National Foundation dedicated to the elimination of the most common cancer in men. The event promotes early detection, and encourages young adults to drop their pants at the door to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research.
The event has raised nearly $1,000,000 since its inception and has taken off in Toronto, Halifax, and Vancouver.
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For its 10 year anniversary Prostate Cancer Canada has elected to host a special edition of Pants Off for prostate cancer at Pride during Pride week in each city to help support research affecting the community. The Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Assessment on Sexual Health for Men-Who-Have-Sex-with-Men (COMPASS) a research project funded by Prostate Cancer Canada being conducted by Dr. Tsz Kin Lee at BC Cancer Agency looks to address substantial knowledge gaps in how all prostate cancer treatments affect the sexual life of men who have sex with men.
With the help of stars, Michelle Clunie, Gale Harold, Peter Paige, Scott Lowell, and Robert Gant from the ground-breaking, critically acclaimed Showcase television show Queer As Folk, which filmed in Toronto, ON, Prostate Cancer Canada invites guests of Pride to experience a party like no other. Re-live the days of “Babylon” and party with the cast while supporting innovative, and necessary prostate cancer research.
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We will be having the one and only Heather Small performing. Heather Small, grew up on a West London council estate. From going to Sunday school and attending the 'Good News Club', religion and faith became an important aspect of Heather's life. Growing up in 70's Britain and not wanting to be stereotyped or treated differently, Heather knew that she wanted to make something of herself.
Even though Heather battled with shyness and severe nerves, she joined her first band Hot!House who released two albums in the late 80's.
As Part of M People, hits such as 'Moving On Up', 'One Night In Heaven' and 'Search For The Hero' and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success, Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s, with the band winning the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.
In 2000, Small released her debut solo album Proud and a single of the same name, closely affiliated with the British Olympics team of the time. The single "Proud" was also used for the first season and the last chapter on the finale season of Queer as Folk. "Proud" is Small's signature song, with which she achieved international success. When Oprah Winfrey was looking for a song to sum up the work she'd been striving to achieve over her twenty-year career, she got in touch with Small and the song "Proud" became the theme song to The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in 2005 Small made her American television debut on the show. Then in 2005 the song became the theme song for the American reality weight loss show The Biggest Loser.
Well known for her charitable work, Heather was recently made an ambassador for the children’s charity Barnardo's and is continually involved with fundraising and helping lend her valuable support to projects around the country.
So what gives Heather the impetus to keep moving forward, to keep challenging herself, to keep trying new things and not resting on her laurels? 'If you got the feeling I do when I sing' she smiles, 'you'd understand'.
Through Prostate Cancer Canada, the proceeds from Pants Off for Prostate Cancer will be invested in rigorously peer-reviewed prostate cancer research, support services and resources to improve the way we detect, treat, and care for all Canadians affected by the most common cancer in men.
One in seven Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Each diagnosis is shared with a man's family, friends, and wider community. In 2017, approximately 26,000 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. During the same year, approximately 4,100 men will die from the disease. When detected early, prostate cancer is over 90% detectable, which is why men are encouraged to talk to their doctor about their personal risk.
Prostate Cancer Canada is the leading national foundation dedicated to the prevention of the most common cancer in men through research, advocacy, education, support and awareness. As one of the largest investors in prostate cancer research in Canada, Prostate Cancer Canada is committed to continuous discovery in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support. For more information please visit prostatecancer.ca or follow us on Twitter @ProstateCancerC or Facebook at Prostate Cancer Canada.