PUBLISHED: 4:11 PM on Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Thank you for making our WISEGUYS prostate cancer awareness event a success
SITKA - On Labor Day, Sept. 3, the SEARHC WISEGUYS men's health group in Sitka hosted the second annual "It's All In The Cards" family oriented prostate cancer awareness poker fun run/walk. The WISEGUYS would like to thank everyone who made this event a success, especially the 40 or so people who braved the sun to participate.

This event featured a three-mile run/walk along the Totem Trails at the Sitka National Historical Park where participants received playing cards at six checkpoints along the course.

We also had a salmon bake with prostate healthy side dishes after the race. This event was held because September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed non-skin cancer among American men, and one out of every six men will get it. Nutrition and physical activity are two big ways a man can reduce his risk of getting prostate cancer.

Our winner was Peter Apathy, who had a full house of threes over sevens. Finishing second was Cheri Hample, who had a full house of twos over sevens.

Steve Morse took third place with a spade flush, A-K-J-6-3. Our worst hand went to Ruth Johnson, who an Q-10-7-5-4 unsuited. Gary Perensovich was our fastest runner, but he only had a three-of-a-kind (sevens) in his poker hand.

The WISEGUYS would like to thank its many partners for making this event a success.

We had food provided by Seafood Producers Cooperative, True Alaska Bottling and SEARHC Health Promotion. Salvation Army Lt. Rick DeGroot was our grill master and also provided tables for the event. Moose Lodge #1350 provided the barbecue grill. The SEARHC WISEWOMAN program loaned us a television/VHS player to show a video about men's cancers, and also provided some traffic cones so we could mark the course.

We had door prizes provided by Sea Mart, Alaska Airlines, Ben Franklin, Coastal Collision Repair, Back Door Café, Tea-Licious, Rain Country, Sitka Tribe of Alaska, the SEARHC Injury Prevention Department and the SEARHC Tobacco program. Our venue was made available by the City & Borough of Sitka and our course was provided by the Sitka National Historical Park.

We received educational brochures from Cancer Connection of Juneau, the American Cancer Society, Prostate Cancer Foundation, National Prostate Cancer Coalition and Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network.

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium sent us a DVD about men's cancers that we were able to show at the event. Dr. Richard Hunter was scheduled to give a presentation about prostate cancer, but he was on call and had to leave the event early while runners were still on the course.

We also had labor from the SEARHC WISEGUYS men's health group, Salvation Army Lt. Rick DeGroot, and the Jesuit Volunteers. The Sitka Sentinel, Sitka Soup, Capital City Weekly, KCAW-Raven Radio and KIFW-The Rock helped publicize our event.

Without the support of these people, our event couldn't have been as successful as it was in its second year. We had 34 registered participants and a couple of others who also ran the course but didn't collect cards. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Sitka.

Sincerely, Charles Bingham

Event organizer, WISEGUYS

member SEARHC Corporate

Communications Specialist,

Sitka 966-8504, office