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, February 27, 2016

ZERO'S Heros

Lakeview, Ohio

 February 17, 2016 The Mayor then read a request for a proclamation on September being the National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month from Linda Hoetger. All Council agreed to pass the proclamation and the Fiscal Officer was asked to prepare it for the next meeting.

http://weeklycurrents.com/news/1374/village-of-lakeview-14

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Greetings Honorable Mayor and Council Members

Greetings Honorable Mayor and Council Members

How often have you heard the Media reporting on prostate cancer or sharing the stories about the families who are living with prostate cancer in Ohio? How often do you hear Men talking openly about prostate issues throughout the Country?

 I would like to introduce myself my name is Linda Hoetger I am the spouse/caregiver and advocate for Prostate Cancer in Ohio as well as on Capitol Hill with ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer. My husband is a Retired Air Force Veteran with 20 years of service and employee at the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Administration Clinic in Columbus, Ohio. We are parents of four sons in their late 20’s and early 30’s. Two of our sons hast started their families we have a newborn Grandson and one on the way in April. My husband has a Grandson from a previous marriage. My husband is the first in his family diagnosed with prostate cancer, he has two other Brothers, and both of them have no prostate issues. I have a concern that my husband’s prostate cancer is Military related. Though never stationed in Vietnam; however, Agent Orange has been stored at some base he was stationed. He was also a Firefighter in the 70’s during a tour in England where there was a Tanker fire. The tanker was filled with barrels that were on fire and had to be extinguished my husband was one of the Airmen that put it out. He applied for an Agent Orange claim and denied due to No Boots on the Ground in Vietnam.

 On our 32nd Wedding Anniversary September 28, 2015, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty mentioned us in her speech to Congress. The original speech is viewable on YouTube. Mayor Harman of Woodville is one of my supporters and many more. I would love to have your support as well in this epic movement to change Ohio other states and in Washington DC in September for Prostate Cancer! 
         
 June 19, 2009 we heard the devastating news that my husband has an aggressive form of prostate cancer; we were both stunned, shocked and horrified. We had to learn a new foreign language PSA, Gleason, positive margins just to name a few. It is hard enough trying to deal with the diagnosis and finding even harder that when you say these two words Prostate Cancer, people run the other way. I know it is hard for the men to talk about their diagnosis with prostate cancer; it is not a Man’s disease. It is a Couple’s disease. For our families every month is Prostate Cancer Awareness month 24/7 365!

We will celebrate our 7th year after the diagnosis on June 19, 2016 and it has become my mission to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September. I am reaching out to every City, Village, and Township in Ohio asking for your support with a Proclamation or Resolution for Prostate Cancer Awareness month in September. This year there will be 180,890 men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Many will suffer in silence; as this disease robs the men from their feelings of Manhood. Sadly, 30,000 men will die from prostate cancer. Since my husband’s diagnosis I have met many families of prostate cancer, sadly some of them have lost their battle from this horrible disease. My heart breaks every time I hear the news and it makes me fight harder to raise awareness to let the families know that their loved ones are in our hearts. I hope that one day Prostate Cancer will be a disease that men will never have to hear those devastating word. “I am sorry you have prostate cancer!”

I contacted Governor Kasich's office in 2013 to inquire about a Resolution for September in Ohio. Sadly, there was not one, so I started the process to have one done. I am happy to say that as of September 1, 2014 in the state of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich signed the first Resolution for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It was then time for the Mayors and Council Members throughout Ohio and other states to get involved. There are at least one Family affected by Prostate Cancer in some way, Father, Brother, Husband, Son, Etc. Ohio has been my biggest supporter in writing Proclamations and Resolutions for Prostate Cancer Awareness.

I would like to challenge you with lighting a Landmark Blue for Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Last year there were Ponds, Fountains, and Flagpoles that were lighted Blue for the month. Take a picture and I will be happy to post it on my blog to show support for the Prostate Cancer Families who are battling this horrible disease.

I started blogging about prostate cancer on Petey the Prostate Crusader blog. He is our Mascot that I created in 2009 from a Walnut. When I created Petey, I never expected that everyone would also love him. He goes with me everywhere including to Capitol Hill.

 Petey the Prostate Crusader our Mascot
http://peteytheprostatecrusader.blogspot.com/



Proclaiming the month of September National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

Whereas, 1 in 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime; and

Whereas, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men; and

Whereas, this year approximately 180,890 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States alone every year – that’s one man every 2.9 minutes and roughly 26,120 die this year from the disease – which is one man every 20 minutes; and

Whereas, African American men are 1.7 times more likely to develop the disease as Caucasians  and 2.4 times as likely to die from it: and

Whereas, Education regarding prostate cancer and early detection strategies is critical to saving lives and preserving and protecting our families; and

Whereas, all men are at risk for prostate cancer and we encourage the citizens of (City) to increase the importance of prostate screenings.



 




Tee Time!

Golfers Spring is around the corner! Do you know your score? Petey's is undetectable.

Petey has found a Pot of Gold!

Share with me!

For almost 7 years I have been creating Petey's and sharing them with others. Now it is time to share your pictures of where your Petey's are now. He is all over the Country and even Abroad.  

Petey is at the VA!

Petey shared a new photo with me today. He is at the Columbus VA in the Optical Shop.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sponsors Needed!!

We need your help to continue to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer!
http://www.johanschwartz.com/



Monday, February 15, 2016

Our young friend

We met Trevor the 1st time he was battling prostate cancer over a year ago. He is now battling it for the 2nd time. Sadly one day before his 11th birthday he had to have a Prostatectomy as his cancer returned.  Trevor is undergoing Chemotherapy again, he is hospitalized for 5 days and gets to go home for 2 days. His family and friends is have an event to help raise money to help pay for bills. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Germantown, Ohio 2016


Blanchester, Ohio 2016

Fun Fact!
 Last year while sitting in the Capitol Hill Cafeteria having Lunch. Blanchester sent their Proclamation for 2015 which made #100! 
And now just before we head to DC again thiers for 2016 came toda

New Bern, North Carolina 2016

New Bern, North Carolina is supporting my mission to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer in September. I emailed Mayor Outlaw and he gave my name to Alderman Taylor. Alderman called me personally and was going to hand deliver the Proclamation to me in DC. Unfortunately he will not be in DC until March. Looks like a trip to North Carolina is in order!
Thank You Mayor Outlaw and Alderman Taylor!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Pray for a Cure

The Mayor of Woodville shared this with me. Today, I asked them to pray for a cure for Prostate Cancer, you and your husband!  It is Ash Wednesday...notice their foreheads!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Versailles, Ohio


New Bern, North Carolina

Mrs. Hoetger,
Mayor Outlaw has forwarded your email to me. Our Board approved the proclamation on January 12, 2016, and it was signed by the Mayor. Alderman Victor Taylor had hoped to personally deliver the proclamation to you in DC. However, it appears from the date provided in your email that the two of you may be in DC at different times, as he is scheduled to be there March 5-9th. Therefore, I will mail the proclamation to you today to ensure that you have it by February 22nd.
Thank you.
Brenda E. Blanco
Executive Assistant/Deputy City Clerk
City of New Bern
300 Pollock Street
PO Box 1129
New Bern, NC 28563-1129

Bonner Springs, Kansas

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Proclamation – The Mayor presented a proclamation to George Cox to recognize National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Thank you George for raising awareness in Bonner Spring, Kansas. He is also a Prostate Cancer Survivor and and friend of ours.

Friday, February 5, 2016

In this corner

Here we have in the far corner is PSA Petey! And in the other corner we have Prostate and Cancer. It is time for Petey to KICK Prostate and Cancer out of the ring!

Bryan, Ohio

This is the first one for 2016!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Proclamations and Resolutions

Last year it was my mission to contact every City, Village and Township in my home state of Ohio. As I was doing this I was finding other states that has Proclamations or Resolutions supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness as well. So this year I will be adding the Proclamations and Resolutions to Petey's blog. By September 30, 2015 there were 166 written so mere presented to us at Council meetings and what and Honor it was.

My mission will continue this year and years to come! Thank you for your support

Proclamations and Resolutions

As the Wife of a Prostate Cancer Survivor and Advocate for awareness. I need your support!

Mayors, Council Members, Doctors, Nurses, Survivors and Caregivers
I would love to have your support in September as well for National Prostate cancer Awareness month!
I would like a copy of your Proclamation/Resoution for Prostate Cancer Awarness month. My husband and I will be in Washington, DC February 22. We will be on Capitol Hill and I will be sharing the Proclamations
My goal is to obtain copies of every states Proclamations and Reslutions!
Please send copy to;
Linda Hoetger
ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer
Champion & Advocate
please contact me for address
2016 text
Proclaiming the month of September 2016 as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
Whereas, prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men; and
Whereas prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed form of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer related deaths among men; and
Whereas, this year approximately 180,890 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States alone every year – that’s one man every 2.9 minutes and roughly 26,120 die this year from the disease – which is one man every 20 minutes; and

Whereas, 1 in 7 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. African American men are at the highest risk for the disease. African American men are 2.4 times more likely to die from the disease: and
Whereas, Education regarding prostate cancer and early detection strategies is critical to saving lives and preserving and protecting our families; and
Whereas, all men are at risk for prostate cancer and we encourage the citizens of (City) to increase the importance of prostate screenings.

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