Each September, the nation recognizes prostate cancer awareness month to help defeat the third leading cause of cancer deaths among men. An estimated 27,000 husbands, sons, brothers, fathers, and grandfathers will lose their lives to prostate cancer in 2017.

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, more than 400 Mayors, Legislators, City Council Members, and Town/Village managers and County Commissioners will issue a proclamation or resolution declaring September prostate cancer awareness month.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

My story

As my life has changed from Wife to Wife/Caregiver and Advocate of a Prostate Cancer Survivor these words are never so TRUE! On June 19, 2009 I was not prepared to hear that my 56 year old husband would be diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Can I say this story that we are writing now is and easy one to write? No it is not easy as there are so many highs and lows that we deal with. We had to learn a new Foreign language...PSA, Gleason, IMRT, and countless other terms. We have to fight for our voices to be heard as when you say Prostate Cancer people run the other way.
But the one very important thing that I have learned in telling my story we not ALONE living with prostate cancer we have a new branch of family to add to our tree. Sadly some of the branches have lost but not forgotten. And many more families have to hear those dreaded words makes me fight that much harder for Prostate Cancer Awareness!
I have been writing to the Mayors of Ohio in hopes that they will put in place a Proclamation for Prostate Cancer Awareness month. So far 27 cities have either done one or planning on doing one in September. It is my hopes that one day all the cities will have one but there are still hundreds of cities to go. I started this here in Ohio and other prostate cancer families want to get it started in their own states.
It would be nice to see all the states challenge each other to see who would be the first state to have the full support from the Cities elected officials.
Ohio - 27 Proclamations for Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

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