I’m participating in the Fathers Day 5 km walk-run for Prostate Cancer Foundation BC. This year, due to COVID-19, the event is virtual, and I’ll be running around my neighbourhood while practising safe social/physical distancing. I set a modest goal of $500, and if you’re able to sponsor me, I’d appreciate it very much. All donations over $20 will get a tax receipt!
It’s been a while since I’ve run
Fair warning, I haven’t run since 2006! But I’m determined to run-walk the entire 5 km no matter how long it takes me! Here’s a photo of me crossing the finish line back in 2006 at the Times Colonist 10 km, which is, of course, cancelled this year to avoid the spread of the virus.
You may have noticed in the picture that my name is Randy. If you’ve read my prostate cancer memoir, you’d know that Gogs is an old childhood nickname given to me by my relatives, the McRobb family. We were next-door neighbours for over 15 years, and I grew up with my cousin Bruce. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2009 at the age of 50. To honour him and the family, I legally changed my name at that time.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my prostate cancer diagnosis and lessons learned. You can read all my family posts under Gogs’ Family.
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A native of New Westminster, Gogs Gagnon followed an early passion for computers by becoming a programmer and independent technology consultant. In the course of his career, he has developed software for Apple, IBM, and the government of British Columbia, where he was the lead programmer analyst and data architect.
Now retired, Gogs is an executive member of the BC support group council and a community advocate and writer for Health Union. In addition to promoting prostate cancer awareness, Gogs devotes much of his time to writing. His next book is a coming-of-age memoir set in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia during the 1970s. He’s also working on a series of children’s books.
Gogs is the father of three adult children and lives with his wife on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
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