by Hani Yassine
The Lance – Arts Editor
Just 10 days after his retirement, Jim Fair’s life changed upon discovering he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“It came as a shock. I had no other symptoms that addressed there was any problem,” Fair said.
According to the Canadian Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the most common cancer amongst men on top of being the third leading cause of death in the country. In coming together to fight the disease, the Manchester Pub played host to Bottoms Up: Pints for Prostate Nov 5. The simple joy of having a beer was mixed with bringing awareness towards prostate cancer. Not only was it a way to invite varying age groups, but through the local Grow On campaign, it ensures all the proceeds go towards the Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation, as proceeds from the Movember campaign don’t stay in the area.
“With the Movember campaign, anybody that participates here in Windsor, none of that money stays local, so that’s one of the impacts,” said organizer John Casey.
In acting as the starting point to the local effort, all proceeds towards the local cancer centre will be used to fund additional research and program development. In particular, the money goes towards having a da Vinci surgical machine readily available for Windsorites, which is able to act on remising the cancer at an efficient rate. As it’s a costly piece of technology, many residents with prostate cancer are forced to travel to obtain treatment.
“I think it’s a great tool and definitely a great resource,” said organizer Sarah White. “It’s less invasive and the recovery time is much faster, but the materials for the machine are so expensive.”
The night itself was a laid back affair, where a $20 ticket would give you a variety of craft beers and appetizers to enjoy. Live music was performed throughout the night, and a photo booth was set up for people to partake in. With craft beer skyrocketing in popularity, it was an easy marriage to the theme of the event, as the pub found itself being packed fairly quickly.
“We wanted to bring people together of different age groups, but we want to do something for the community,” Casey said. “What better way to do that than with the universal language of beers.”