April 2, 2001
Blazing trails for prostate cancer awareness
Peter Briner, a Woodinville firefighter for the last eight years and an accomplished marathon runner, will be running the 100 mile Western States Endurance Run this year for a special cause prostate cancer awareness and early detection. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in men and Peter has become actively involved in this cause because he lost his grandfather to PC in 1968 and his father and uncles are currently undergoing treatment for it.
Since the early 1990s the Prostate Specific Antigen (or PSA) test, which is a simple blood test, has been available to catch PC in its early stages when the best chance of treatment and recovery are possible. Peter's goal is to raise the awareness of PSA testing and the importance for all men to have an initial PSA reading at age 40.
The Western States Endurance Run from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California is significant this year to the Briner family because it is the 70th anniversary of the remarking of this famous emigrant trail by Peter's grandfather and four other horsemen in 1931. Peter's decision to run this year to highlight PC awareness has stimulated the board of the Western States event to dedicate this year's run on June 23-24 to PC awareness, making if the first time this run has focused on a specific cause since it was started in 1974. As a result, participants and their supporters will receive information on the importance of PC testing and all appropriate male entrants in the run will be offered PSA testing at no charge.
Over the past few months Peter and his dad have been working with the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people on the latest PC research, to help inform the public on this important issue. The outcome of their joint efforts has been a comprehensive, easy-to-read, brochure, entitled "What You Should Know to Prevent Prostate Cancer," to help people understand this disease and how to prevent and treat it. The brochure, along with other information on this project, is available on the Blazing Trails Web site at 'www.pcawareness.org' or by sending a SASE to Blazing Trails, 13319 146 PL SE Snohomish, WA 98290.
Contributions, which will be used to further PC education efforts, can also be mailed to the above address. Checks should be made out to Blazing Trails for PCA and all donations are tax deducible.