Hockey oldtimers donate to buy laser

A team of 55-plus hockey players dug into their wallets and collected about $500 for a GreenLight laser at St. Joseph’s General Hospital.

A 55-PLUS hockey team is pictured with St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation executive director Lynn Dashkewytch. The players donated money towards a special laser used used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia.

A team of 55-plus hockey players dug into their wallets and collected about $500 for a GreenLight laser at St. Joseph’s General Hospital.

The laser is used in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), the enlargement of the prostate.

“It really affected a bunch of us, but we didn’t have the laser,” team member Jack Adrian said with a laugh. “And I’d rather have the laser, let me tell ya.”

Adrian has prostate cancer, but that doesn’t stop the goaltender from slapping on the pads and the skates.

One of his teammates has played hockey for several years after having a heart transplant. Another player, at the age of 85, has undergone quadruple bypass surgery.

“You can’t stop doing things, so we just keep going here,” Adrian said.

According to statistics, BPH impacts one out of two men on the far side of 60. In some cases the condition can be treated with medication. Other cases require surgery that, until recently, meant a lengthy hospital stay.

GreenLight Laser Therapy has shortened the stay to an average of 6.75 hours.

“It’s a fabulous treatment for people that are dealing with that medical condition,” St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation executive director Lynn Dashkewytch said.

Upwards of 45 procedures have been performed since the laser was introduced at St. Joseph’s. The equipment is worth nearly $200,000.

Just Posted

27th Annual Courtenay and District Fish & Game Outdoor Show coming in June

June is just around the corner and so is the 27th Annual… Continue reading

Vacancies on Courtenay Board of Variance

The City of Courtenay is seeking new members for an important volunteer… Continue reading

No injuries in early morning Comox car fire

Comox firefighters responded to an early morning vehicle fire Monday near the… Continue reading

New version of outdoor art show set to take place in Comox in August

Despite the announcement earlier this year of the cancellation of the Originals… Continue reading

Tales from MusicFest: ‘House bands’ from the golden age of rock and R&B

Robert Moyes Special to The Record Doug Cox, artistic director and executive… Continue reading

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

New book from Island author details social history of the E&N railway

Along the E&N tells the story of 32 establishments from Esquimalt to Campbell River.

Should B.C. already be implementing province-wide fire bans?

A petition is calling for B.C. Wildfire Service to issue a ban to reduce risk of human caused wildfires

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Most Read