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January 28, 2010 17:35 ET

Golf Town Donates $150,000 to Support New Treatment for Prostate Cancer as Part of Commitment to Fight the Disease

Clinical researchers at Toronto General Hospital at University Health Network will see investigations benefit from improved capabilities, speed and accuracy

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2010) - Golf Town has provided a donation of $150,000 to Toronto General Hospital at University Health Network (UHN) to support a new treatment approach for prostate cancer. The donation continues a multi-year commitment from Golf Town to 'chip in to fight a killer'. The monies will be used to secure critical technology necessary for clinical researchers to expand their capabilities and gain greater speed and accuracy in their investigations of prostate cancer.

Golf Town's donation will secure the crucial HDXT Operating System for its MRI scanner. This will enable UHN's clinical researchers to perform many innovative procedures currently not possible in the existing MRI Treatment Suite.

"Golf Town stands by our commitment to give back to the community at large through the support of programs that enhance the wellness of Canadians. It gives us tremendous pride to be able to assist in the fight against prostate cancer – a cause that we have been backing for several years and with considerable success – with a gift that we hope will advance the treatment of this disease," said Stephen Bebis, Golf Town President and CEO.

A new form of treatment, known as MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (MRgFUS), is being investigated through a series of clinical trials led by Dr. John Trachtenberg, Director, The Prostate Centre at Princess Margaret Hospital and the Fleck Tanenbaum Chair of Prostatic Disease, and Dr. Walter Kucharczyk, Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Department of Medical Imaging at University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Initially developed as a therapy for early state low grade prostate cancer, MRgFUS destroys cancer cells by heating them with highly focused ultrasonic beams. The method, developed at UHN jointly with their industrial collaborators, can accurately target and treat lesions while obtaining real time temperature measurements of the cancerous lesion and adjacent tissue. This transformative concept represents a significant change to the current treatment of prostate cancer as it offers a new treatment option with far fewer potential side effects.

"This type of MRI technology is today's single best resource to localize and treat small cancer lesions, We can change the way we treat prostate disease effectively while ensuring that patients have fewer side effects and a better quality of life," says Dr. Trachtenberg. "The gift from Golf Town will enable us to get the critical tools we need in order to continue the development of this new treatment approach."

Among the largest charitable givers in the Canadian golf industry, Golf Town has donated more than $2 million since opening its first store in 1999, including more than $1 million to the Prostate Cancer of Canada.

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About Golf Town

Canada's largest golf retailer, Golf Town was founded in 1999 and has grown from one location in Scarborough, ON, to 47 superstores coast to coast. At an average size of nearly 18,000 square feet, these retail centres feature all the major name-brand products at the best price, ensuring customers find what they want, when they want it.

A centre of the Canadian golf community for individuals and organizations, Golf Town locations serve as sanctuaries where players of all ages and abilities try, buy, learn about and improve their games. The largest employer of CPGA professionals, Golf Town offers on-site lessons tailored to an individual's needs through its In-Store Academy.

Golf Town was acquired by OMERS Private Equity, the entity responsible for private equity investments of the OMERS pension fund, in September 2007. For more information:

About University Health Network

University Health Network consists of Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals. The scope of research and complexity of cases at University Health Network has made it a national and international source for discovery, education and patient care. It has the largest hospital-based research program in Canada, with major research in cardiology, transplantation, neurosciences, oncology, surgical innovation, infectious diseases, and genomic medicine. University Health Network is a research hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto.

About Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation

Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation raises funds for research, education and the enhancement of patient care at Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital as well as for their respective research arms, Toronto General Research Institute and Toronto Western Research Institute.  

Contact Information

  • For more information about the HDXT Operating System,
    Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation or Golf Town:
    Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation
    Nadine Hubert
    Golf Town
    Ryan Brown
    Vice President, Marketing
    905-479-0343 ext 800245