Northwest NEWS

July 23, 2001

Editorial

What a year it's been for Woodinville firefighter

As you may know, a couple of years ago I had a vision to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
   Last December I was picked to run in the 100 Mile Western States Endurance Run. Starting in January, we organized a non-profit project called Blazing Trails for Prostate Cancer Awareness, produced a prostate cancer prevention brochure in conjunction with Dr. Strum of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute (PCRI), raised $11,000 to date and were featured in seven newspapers, one magazine and one 3-minute TV spot.
   We distributed over 7,000 brochures and had our brochure reproduced by PCRI who distributed it nationwide. Our total expenses to date are under $3,000 including the promotion and brochures.
   During this time I trained for the 100-mile run over the Sierra Mountains by running 30 to 50 miles a week and by adhering to a strict diet and nutritional program.
   The race started at 5 a.m. on Saturday morning, June 23, and with the help of friends, family and volunteers I finished at 8:29 a.m. Sunday morning for a time of 27 hours and 29 minutes.
   My two-year old dream became a reality. I had many friends, family and gracious donators who made what we accomplished possible. Thank you for your help in fulfilling my dream and remember that you are resonsible for your own health.
   Peter Briner, firefighter, Woodinville Fire and Life Safety