Stampede is a very exciting time here in Cowtown, but I think one of the more interesting things I get to participate in is the Village NUTRaiser, a fundraiser for the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre.
It's actually quite offside in so many ways, but I think that's what I like about it so much - fortunately the offside elements are far outweighed by the fact we raise funds for such an important Centre. A Centre that gets 99.99% of it's funding from private enterprise and fundraisers such as this one.
Ok, now to the offside part. We make beer with bulls balls or as commonly referenced, we make beer with prairie oysters. That's right, a beer made with testicles. And the best part, you have to pay $100 for a pint of this golden nectar.
The beers are not meant to be tasty, instead they are a reminder that cancer is actually quite distasteful. That being said...these beers were actually quite, umm, good.
This year our brewers were asked to make Canadian themed beers so we had a Maple Ball beer from Brett Wilson, a Coffee Crisp made by Bret Hart and a Mr. Big Chocolate Salty Ball beer created by Christy and Fraser. So yummy.
For clarification, my cancer is Renal Cell Carcinoma. My cancer originated in my liver and has since metastasized in my lungs, pancreas, liver and adrenal glands. But when I was diagnosed, it was Dr Kozak at the Prostate Cancer Centre that did my surgery and guided me for the first year.
This place is very important and needs our support.
To date we have raised over $50,000 to help the Calgary Prostate Cancer Centre help the 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Prostate Cancer is the leading men’s cancer in Alberta. Yet, if detected and treated early, there is a 95% survival rate. There is no better time than now to join the fight against prostate cancer.