Dr. Michael Glode likes to say that “to some degree, with breast cancer they rush for the cure, and in prostate cancer we crawl for the cure.”
For nearly four decades, Glode, who joined Shaw Cancer Center at Edwards in 2010, has been at the forefront of promoting prostate cancer awareness, a cause consistently in the shadow of the pink ribbon. . On Monday, the 2022 Bolder Invitational, a golf event Shaw has partnered with to commemorate the life of one of Glode’s patients – longtime Vail resident Brian Philip ‘Bolder’ Lefebvre – showed that the movement could gain momentum.
“The 2022 Bolder Invitational more than exceeded our expectations,” said Wayne Schnapp, who along with Brian’s son, Colby, led the inaugural event.
Nine foursomes – many of whom were local Vail hospitality and service workers as well as friends of Brian and general supporters of prostate cancer awareness – played a round of golf at Red Sky Ranch, raising money. funds for the Shaw Cancer Center.
“Everyone had a great time,” Colby said of the cool but sunny day.
Colby, 33, was born and raised in Vail before graduating from Johnson and Wales Culinary School. He returned to the Valley, hoping to one day fulfill a dream shared with his father to open a restaurant together. On November 11, 2012, Brian died of prostate cancer.
“Brian was just a great guy,” Glode said of his former patient.
“He was absolutely dedicated to fighting disease. As Colby said in his remarks (at the golf tournament), his dad kept getting bad cards.
“He’s always been a very important part of the community,” Colby said of his father, who was in the restaurant industry until 1996 when he left Hubcap Brewery and Kitchen so he could be more home with his son and his wife, Cindy.
“He knew everyone. Literally everyone in town.
Colby started Bold Hotsauce, hoping to grow enough and eventually give back financially to prostate cancer awareness.
“Unfortunately, it didn’t really make sense living in the mountains and running a hot sauce business,” he recalls.
“With no FDA kitchens here, I was constantly going back and forth to Denver, and so I stopped that before I even got to the giving part or the giving back part.”
He returned to opening his own restaurant and this fall, with the help of Dennis Foley – owner of neighboring Bart and Yeti’s and an attendee of Monday’s invite – he launched Alpine Pizza just steps from the Lionshead gondola . During his work at Lionshead in El Sabor he met Wayne Schnapp, who moved to Lionshead a few years ago.
“He would come in and we would talk and he seemed like a nice guy and our friendship grew that way,” Colby described.
“He supported me a lot to open Alpine.”
In December, Schnapp invited Colby to a golf tournament with a group of local hospitality workers.
“Just bartenders, service people here — and just having a fun day,” Colby said of the idea.
“From there, after a few discussions, it evolved into ‘well, you know, a lot of these people don’t have the opportunity to give back – because of their work, the shortage of money because of the cost life and things like that – so can we make it a charity golf tournament? »
Colby brought up prostate cancer awareness.
“It’s huge. A lot of guys have prostate cancer,” he said. They decided giving the money to Shaw, where his father was treated, was the best course of action.
“If we’re going to invite people to pay for a round of golf, why not make that golf worth something — to give back to the community,” Colby recalls and he thinks.
“And that was our biggest goal.”
Schnapp worked with Shaw in partnership with the center to host the event, which incorporated a spin-off of the Bolder Hot Sauce logo. Charlie’s T-Shirts, where Brian worked for the rest of his life, provided free embroidered shirts to attendees, which Colby called “really important and cool.” Teams from Bart and Yeti’s, Shakedown, Bad Kitty Lounge and Local Joe’s helped form the foursomes.
“We could have had it bigger, but we’d never done it before and didn’t know what we were doing,” Colby laughed, noting that many called to register and were left waiting. up to a second year.
“Next year we will do at least 18.”
Glode, a pioneer in prostate cancer research, spoke about the need to raise awareness and Dr. Erin Schwab also spent time discussing this with attendees.
“Reconnecting with Cindy (wife) and family was really meaningful,” Glode said.
“It was great to be able to be part of their efforts to give back and create something like a community prostate cancer awareness project, and they hope it grows and so do we.”
Companies that have donated auction items – including Town of Vail, Grand Hyatt Vail, Charlie’s T-Shirts, Chophouse Vail, Bad Kitty Lounge, Bart and Yeti’s and Garfinkles – to Red Sky Golf Club hosts. was a community event honoring a man many knew while pointing the finger at a cause in need of increased attention.
“I want to continue to raise awareness about prostate cancer; I just don’t think men talk about it enough,” Colby said.
“There is such an incredible breast cancer awareness initiative; while, men, we should do the same. I talked about it a lot with Dr. Glode. If we can let people know when they need to get checked and come in and do that, that’s my most important thing.