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.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Kingston, New York

Mayor Steve Noble Kingston, NY
January 1, 2016
Photo taken by: 
Daniel Torres
Deputy Supervisor of New Paltz, NY  

In Honor of....

Thank you ZERO for the picture!)

Today, September 28, 2016, Ray and Linda's 33rd Wedding Anniversary, we honor the families, friends, caregivers, survivors and those lost to prostate cancer. You are not alone. We stand united for education, prevention and treatment of this disease.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Brunswick, Ohio

We attended the Brunswick, Ohio City Council meeting for a reading and presentation of their Proclamation for Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Before the meeting started we met a 5 year Survivor of prostate cancer. He was one of the 35,000 residents of Brunswick and was there for a Proclamation reading of a different cause. Funny how people cross our paths and always for a reason. Thank you Mayor Falconi for your support!

Senator Sherrod Brown

Mr. And Mrs. Hoeter:

Thank you for sharing your and your husband’s journey with prostate cancer. As a spouse, I understand why this issue is important to you, and I am encouraged by your passion and commitment. Letters and calls from individuals like you continue to inspire my work.

I have shared your story with the legislative staff in my office who monitor health issues. If my office can provide any assistance, please call 1-888-896-6446.

At the federal level, I will continue to support policies that promote research and innovation into treatments and ultimately, cures, for diseases like prostate cancer. Cancer takes a tremendous toll on the nation, and finding cures for its many virulent forms should be a top priority for policymakers. Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been crucial in developing better treatments, lowering the chance of death from the disease, and improving the quality of life for cancer patients. A renewed commitment to NIH and NCI research will help scientists explore new ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat cancer. This is why I remain supportive of robust and reliable funding for NIH.

Between your husband’s service to our country and your service to raising awareness for prostate cancer, your family has displayed a true commitment to protecting and caring for Ohioans. I am grateful for your contributions. Thank you again for getting in touch with me.
                                                       Sincerely,                                                          Sherrod Brown
                                                            United States Senator

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Centerville, Ohio 2016

Gratis, Ohio 2016

Kingston, New York 2016

Ray's Hometown 
I got the email today!

Subject RE: Proclamation for National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Hi Ray,

Thank you for reaching out to the Mayor’s office with this important request.

We have prepared a proclamation, which can be picked up at your convenience. If you have a tentative date/time that you plan to come by, please let me know so I can be sure to be in the office upon your arrival. Thank you.

Lynsey Timbrouck
Mayoral Confidential Secretary
City Hall
420 Broadway
Kingston, New York 12401
(p) 845-334-3902
(f) 845-334-3904

Powell, Ohio 2016

Thank you Mayor Lorenz and City of Powell for your support. I look forward to next year with your continued support. Also looking forward to the Landmark lighting consideration in 2017.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Mayors Challenge

I Mayor (name)of  the (City/Village) challenge Mayor (name) of the (City/Village) to support Prostate Cancer Awareness month in September. I have signed a Proclamation in support and now Challenge you!

Ashtabula, Ohio 2016

Why a Walnut?

This is Petey The Prostate Crusader!
I created him late 2009 when I learned that the walnut is the size of the prostate. Our group leader passed around a plain walnut and said this is the size of a normal prostate. I have a creative brain and started thinking of what I can add to make a walnut into a Mascot. As you can see Petey was born! The one in the middle is original Petey design. Then there has been some more changes to him, by adding pipe cleaners and feet. Later on I started adding more things to him. Giving him clothes and making different scenes with him. 

Petey turned into a Adventurous little nut in his life and has shared them on this blog. As I have become visually impaired and can not make the scenes like I use to there is a Petey with a camera that he can still take pictures when he is out raising the awareness when he is with me. 

Petey with the Red, White and Blue has is his Washington, DC outfit. Each year we attend the ZERO Summit in DC and on the last day of the summit. We meet with Senators and Congress Members on Capitol Hill. Petey has been on the Hill for the past four years and now when I walk in the door of a couple of the offices.
 I hear where is Petey? 
Now I am known as Petey's Mom!

Petey being Petey

Petey says....

Newark Advocate

Last week I got a call from a reporter doing a story on my efforts in raising awareness for prostate cancer. I have been contacting Mayors and City Council members requesting a Proclamation or Resolution from their City, Village and Township. 
Check out the story.....Newark Advocate

Kurt Ludlow - ABC Anchor

September 14, 2016 @ 5:45pm Kurt Ludlow shared his breaking news of prostate cancer on live TV. I shared his news with ZERO The End Of Prostate Cancer and this is posted on their FB page!
Yesterday Kurt Ludlow TV  - an ABC anchor in Columbus, Ohio - shared some news with his viewers on-air: he's been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Kurt's announcement brings much-needed prostate cancer awareness, encouraging discussion among his viewers about the disease and the need for testing. Kurt shares vital info in the broadcast, and we're thankful for his courage and bravery in discussing his disease so candidly. He'll share more on his story on-air all week, and serves as an inspiration to others during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month! #FacesofHope #endprostatecancer #PCAM16

Friday, September 9, 2016

BLUE lights for Prostate Cancer Awareness

Not the best picture of he Blue lights in Canal Wnchester by Walmart on Winchester Boulevard. Between Walgreens and O'Charley's! Thank you Mayor Mike Ebert for your support with Prostate Cancer Awareness month. With the Blue lights and a Proclamations for 2016! #LighrLandmarksBlue #CanalWinchester

Tiffin, Ohio 2016

Thank you Mayor Aaron Montz and the City of Tiffin for your support with my efforts in raising awareness for prostate cancer in Ohio!

Pemberville, Ohio 2016


WHEREAS; In Ohio, it is estimated that 6,780 men will be diagnosed and 1,870 will die from the disease in 2016; and

WHEREAS; There are three million prostate cancer patients and survivors fighting their personal battles every day; and

WHEREAS; 1 in 7 men will get prostate cancer sometime in his lifetime; and

WHEREAS; Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to get prostate cancer; 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; African American men are at the highest risk for the disease with a rate of 1 in 4 men. African American men are 2.5 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 citizen of Pemberville to increase the importance of prostate screenings.

THEREFORE, I, Gordon Bowman, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of Pemberville, and on behalf of the entire Village Council and all our citizens, do hereby tend this Proclamation during September 2016 to be Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in Pemberville, Ohio, and urge all men to have prostate cancer screening as part of their next physical examination; and

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have caused the official seal of the Village of Pemberville to be affixed this 6th day of September, 2016.        __________________________
Gordon Bowman, Mayor
Village of Pemberville

Words I need to keep in mind!

I seen this today and it is words I need to keep in mind!

Since 2014 I have been contacting Mayors and Council Members for a Proclamation or Resolution for Prostate Cancer. I would set goals for myself but when I did not meet my own goal I would get dissapointed with myself. Adding one more City, Village or Township to my growing supporters I am making progress!