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.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Senator Portman's Office

Dear Linda,

I’m Charlie Bolton, one of Senator Portman’s legislative correspondents in Washington. Thank you very much for your long and well-written letter letting Senator Portman know of the great work you are doing in Ohio to raise awareness on prostate cancer. It is great for us to know (but sad to learn) of the disproportionate impact that this disease has on veterans. The Senator shares your excitement that the FY 2017 budget increased funding for prostate cancer by $90 million, and agrees that it should be an important priority in veterans’ appropriations bills. The work that you are doing with lawmakers in both parties in Ohio is truly impressive.

Sincerely,
Charlie Bolton

Office of Senator Portman, Legislative Correspondent

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