Each September, the nation recognizes prostate cancer awareness month to help defeat the third leading cause of cancer deaths among men. An estimated 29,430 husbands, sons, brothers, fathers, and grandfathers will lose their lives to prostate cancer in 2018.

An Ohio resident has been hard at work to ensure that these proclamations are renewed annually. Linda Hoetger has spoken with local leaders to remind communities of the pain and suffering of prostate cancer. As a result, Mayors, Legislators, City Council Members, and Town/Village managers and County Commissioners will issue a proclamation or resolution declaring September prostate cancer awareness month.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The White House

I have requested the Presidential Proclamation for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month from the White House for the past couple of years. 

In 2014 and 2015 I received it. In 2015 there was a letter from President Barrack Obama with his support. Also a signed card. I will never know if it was him personally or auto penned. Either was a Proclamation that is now framed!

I have requested from President Trump's office that same Presidential Proclamation since he took office in 2016. Sadly every September I have been let down. I have even offered to go to Washington, DC to pick it up. It is so important to the Prostate Cancer Survivors and families to know that they have the support for Education and Awareness. So that one day there will be a cure for prostate cancer and our loved ones will not have to hear those dreaded words. You have prostate cancer. 

164,690 men in 2018 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and roughly 29,430 men will die from the disease. I am the wife of a Survivor, Mother of 4 sons and Grandmother of 2 toddler grandsons. One is Bi-racial with prostate cancer on both sides. 

When my husband was diagnosed June 1o, 2009 with an aggressive form of prostate cancer I was clueless to what this disease was. You hardly hear anyone talk about it like the other cancers. There were many questions asked by the Doctor. One of which. Is there a family history of prostate cancer? No. So then we were trying to nail down why we are hearing this horrible news. 

There is one possible explanation. Ray was in the Military. His first four years as a firefighter, then he crossed trained into Weather. While doing research I learned that some of the Installations he was assigned to were contaminated from Agent Orange in the United States. Sadly he was denied Agent Orange compensation as he was never stationed in Vietnam. 

Ray is in Remission and I am greatful. His cancer spread outside the prostate into the lymphnodes. So I can never say cured as we know this disease can rear its ugly head at anytime. We live one day at a time!

Whitehouse, Ohio 2018

Bowling Green, Ohio 2018

Lakeview, Ohio 2018

Every year I ask elected officials to support Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with a Proclamation or Resolution. This year Senators and Congressman Steve Stivers has supported with Citations and Commendations. Currently Ohio has 142 Proclamations, Resolutions, Senatorital Commendation, Citations and Commitments from Ohio, New York, North Carolina and Georgia. Thank you!
August and September is busy for Ray and I traveling all over Ohio for Proclamation readings and presentations. This year we have team members who are also attending readings. And I am greatful to have them on the #Proclamationteam!

If you would like to join our team or support with a Proclamation or Resolution contact me. I have the text that is used.

Proclamation Team - Linda & Ray
Date Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Where City of Powell
Address 47 Hall Street
City/ Zip Powell, 
Contact person Karen Mitchell
Phone number
Email address kmitchell@cityofpowell.us

Proclamation Team - Ken 
Date Thursday, August 16, 2018
Time 07:00 PM
Where Riverside Adminisration Building
Address 5200 Springfield Street
City/ Zip Riverside,  45431
Contact person Brenna Arnold
Phone number 937-233-6208
Email address Barnold@riversideoh.gov

Proclamation Team - Stephanie
Date Monday, August 20, 2018
Time 07:00:00 PM
Where City of Euclid
Address 585 East 222nd Street
City/ Zip Euclaid, 44123
Contact person Barbara Allen
Phone number 216-289-8123
Email address ballen@cityofeuclid.com

Proclamation Team - Linda & Ray
Date Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Time 06:00 PM
Where Norwich Township
Address 4164 Avery Road
City/ Zip Hilliard,  43026
Contact person Pam Brannon
Phone number 614-876-7694
Email address pam_brannon@norwichtownship.com

Proclamation Team -
Date Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Time 09:30 AM
Where Medina County Commissioners
Address 144 N. Broadway Street
City/ Zip Medina, 44256
Contact person Peggy Folk
Phone number 330-723-3641
Email address pfolk@medinaco.org

Proclamation Team - Linda & Ray
Date Thursday, August 30, 2018
Time 11:00 AM
Where Muskingham County Commissioners
Address 401Main Street  - Groundfloor
City/ Zip Zanesville, 43701
Contact person Susan Reese
Phone number 740-455-7100
Email address sareese@muskinghamcounty.org

Proclamation Team - Stephanie
Date and Time Monday, September 10, 2018
Time 07:30:00 PM
Where City of Brunswick
Address 4095 Center Road
City/ Zip Brunswick,  44212
Contact person Fijabi Gallam
Phone number 330-273-8012
Email address fgallam@brunswick.oh.us

Proclamation Team - Linda & Ray             
Date Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Time 11:00 AM
Where Hamilton County Commissioners
Address 138 East Court Street, Room 603
City/ Zip Cincinnati,  45202
Contact person Mollie Finnegan
Phone number 513-946-4409
Email address mollie.finnegan@hamilton-co.org

Proclamation Team - Ken 
Date Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time 07:00:00 PM
Where City of Lebanon
Address 50 South Broadway – Second Floor
City/ Zip Lebanon, 45036
Contact person Karen Graves
Phone number 513-228-3110
Email address kgraves@lebanonohio.gov

**Proclamation Team -
Date Pending
Where Megis County Commissioners
Address 100 East Second Street
City/ Zip Pomroy,  45769
Contact person Randy Smith
Phone number 740-992-2895
Email address rsmith@meigscountycommissioners.com


Monday, July 16, 2018

Rossford, Ohio 2018

North Olmsted, Ohio 2018

Field and Stream Petey

 This scene was one of my favorites!
The other day we learned a dad will be going through radiation soon. The daughter will be visiting him soon, so I gave her this scene to give to her dad.
I had no clue her dad loves fishing and camping. 💙😁💙