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.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
January 20th Ray Hoetger and I with two others are going to the Presidential Inauguration at the White House. Today Congresswoman Joyce Beatty had a drawing for tickets and my name was the first one drawn!!!! We have to pick the tickets up at her office in DC not a problem been there many times with #Zero talking and sharing our Journey of prostate cancer. I shared with her about the Summit and she said she is putting it on her calender.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Prostate Cancer Advocates,
On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and discuss H.R. 1151, the USPSTF Transparency and Accountability Act of 2016.
At the beginning of the hearing, Chairman Joseph Pitts (R-PA) entered ZERO’s official public comments on the legislation into the Congressional Record.
Authored by Vice Chairwoman of the Committee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL), the bill would ensure a more informed decision around screening recommendations for the PSA-based screening for prostate cancer. The bill makes the following changes to the USPSTF:
Requires specialists and sub-specialists to be involved in reviewing the preventive services that the task force examines;
Creates a preventive services advisory board composed of patient groups like ZERO, providers, and federal agencies to ensure they are all involved with USPSTF decisions; and
Helps to ensure other Federal Government departments and agencies like the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Department of Defense (DoD), and others include their research in the recommendation process.
Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, PhD, MD, MAS, Chairperson of the USPSTF;
Dr. John H. Lynch, a prostate cancer survivor who is the Chairman of the Department of Urology at Georgetown University as well as a member of the American Urological Association (AUA); and
Dr. John Meigs, Jr., the President of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
ZERO will continue to stay vigilant regarding the new Administration’s plans for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and communicate with both the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the House Committee on Ways and Means. ZERO will also continue to work closely with Congresswoman Blackburn (R-TN) and Congressman Rush (D-IL) regarding how H.R. 1151 fits in the larger ACA picture.
If you have specific questions or would like more information, you can review the webcast here or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
If you would like to present your proclamation or resolution I will be more than happy to attend if possible, or if there is a prostate cancer patient in your area we can make arrangements for them to attend. It means so much for the support from our elected officials in our Journeys with this horrible disease.
Monday, November 21, 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Yesterday morning IEaston is doing Movember. In 2013 I had the first Certificate written for Movember here in Ohio. So I requestrd 5 copies from Governor Kasich's office. I received them when the mail was delivered today. I am blessed in so many ways!
Friday, October 28, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Every three months my husbands has the PSA test! There is much controversy with this test but until there is some thing else this is all we have. Waiting for the results is also hard as there is so much anxiety until the results are in.
One year later the doctor reports that the PSA is still Undetectable and see no reason to return for a check up for another year. Continue the PSA tests and if it starts to rise come back and they will resume treatment.
Though my husband shows No Evidence of Disease (NOD) we still continue in fight to raise awareness. We are the parents of four sons, and grandparents of two grandsons. my husband is grandfather of three grandsons our two and grandson from a previous marriage. In the time that we started our Journey we have met so many families who are battling prostate cancer as well. Many we share the Anniversary of their Survivorsary and morn the passing of their loved ones with them.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Ken Griffey Sr. was at the Run/Walk in Cincinnati today. Ken is an 11 year Survivor of Prostate Cancer. While talking with Survivors today I met one who has been on his Journey for 26 years! We need to have more men speak up and tell their Journey!
Friday, October 14, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Petey The Prostate Crusader - created by ZERO advocate Linda Hoetger - has been traveling the country for months, spreading prostate cancer awareness from New York City to Ohio to DC and everywhere in between. Are you educating your community about the disease? If so, how? We want to hear from you! If you're not currently but you want to join the movement, visit our website for more information: http://zerocancer.org/. #endprostatecancer