It is so heart warming to see Petey on a Christmas tree!
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.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
There is a significance to why. The walnut is the size of a normal prostate. In 2009 my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive for of the disease. We attend a support group and one meeting the group leader sent around a plain walnut. I sat there looking at the walnut and as you can see I got creative the very next day with some of my own! At first they did not look like the Generation now. Petey has been many changes in the past 8 years. When I started it was just the Petey and then it grew to making scenes with him. Many times I can find what I need at the stores but if I can't design mode again.
When my husband was first diagnosed I could have sat back and done nothing and feel sorry for myself as my life has changed as well. But as you can see I chose to use my creativity for good.
Though Petey will not be big and famous in every ones eyes those who are battling the disease or lost their battle his is big and famous in their hearts!
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Sunday, October 8, 2017
Many ask why I request the Proclamations and Resolutions. They ask does it have any monetary value? No. Then why? It is another way of raising awareness for prostate cancer. Many times the documents are read at Council meetings with residents in attendance and other guests. The elected officials will read aloud the proclamation or resolution and you hear the sobering facts on the impact it has in the community. And call for more attention to take action to do more on the state level and in Washington, DC. Many men will not share their journey with prostate cancer as they feel so alone. They will not talk about having prostate cancer and will suffer in silence. There are so many changes that happens when a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer. What others need to also understand this disease not only affects the men it trickles down to the women in their lives as well. I know, I am one of those women!
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Us Too International is pleased to recognize James Coffey from Connecticut, Linda Hoetger from Ohio, Dave & Donna from Illinois. Dr. Alfred Brathwaite, Corydon Mitchell, Rudy Sands and Rev. Percy Kemp from the Bahamas. Their stories and activities are solid testimony for all of us on the importance of our cause. This award was presented to these great people in December of 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.
This is all the Cities, Villages and Townships that has sent or made a commitment for September 2017. I would like to get even more Elected Officials involved with raising awareness in their Community and challenge other Elected Officials to also get involved. There are 3 million men who are living with prostate cancer in the United States.
Many of the men are silent and will not talk about their disease and as a wife/caregiver and mom of four sons and grandparent of two grandosns. We need to get our men to speak up!
|**State of Ohio - Governor Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor|
|2 **Senator Jay Hottinger|
|3 *Board of Commissioners of Adams County|
|4 *Board of Commissioners of Athens County|
|5 *Board of Commissioners of Carroll County|
|6 *Board of Commissioners of Defiance County|
|7 *Board of Commissioners of Fairfield County|
|8 *Board of Commissioners of Franklin County|
|9 *Board of Commissioners of Jackson County|
|10 *Board of Commissioners of Lake County|
|11 *Board of Commissioners of Tuscarawas County|
|12 *Board of Commissioners of Warren County|
|13 Adelphi Mayor Joshua Hettinger|
|14 Amelia Mayor Todd Hart|
|15 Arlington Heights Mayor Joseph Harper|
|16 Ashland Mayor Duane Fishpaw|
|17 Ashtabula Mayor James Timonere|
|18 Athens Mayor Steve Patterson|
|19 Austintown Township Trustees|
|20 Avon Lake Mayor Gregory Zilko|
|21 Beachwood Mayor Merle Gorden|
|22 Beavercreek Bob Stone|
|23 Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler|
|24 Boardman Township Trustees|
|25 Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards|
|26 Brook Park Mayor Thomas Coyne|
|27 Brookville Mayor David Seagraves|
|28 Brunswick Mayor Ron Falconi|
|29 Bryan Mayor Douglas Johnson|
|30 Bucyrus Mayor Jeff reser|
|31 Cadiz Mayor Kenneth Zitko|
|32 Cambridge Mayor Tom Orr|
|33 Canal Winchester Mayor Mike Ebert|
|34 Canfield Mayor Bernie Kosar Sr.|
|35 Canton Mayor Thomas Bernabei|
|36 Carroll Mayor Tammy Drobina|
|37 Centerville Mayor Brooks Compton|
|38 Chardon Mayor Nancy McArthur|
|39 Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley|
|40 Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson|
|41 Clyde Mayor G. Scott Black|
|42 Columbus City Council|
|43 Cortland Mayor|
|44 Cortland Mayor Jon Woofter|
|45 Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley|
|46 Deer Park Mayor John Donnellon|
|47 Defiance Mayor Mike McCann|
|48 Dublin Mayor Gregory Peterson|
|49 East Liverpool Mayor Ryan Stovall|
|50 Elmore Mayor Matthew Damshroder|
|51 Englewood Mayor Patricia Burnside|
|52 Fairfield County Commissioners|
|53 Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik|
|54 Gahanna City Council|
|55 Gahanna Mayor Tom Kneeland|
|56 Galena Mayor Tom Hopper|
|57 Gibsonburg Mayor Steve Fought|
|58 Grandview Heights Mayor Ray DeGraw|
|59 Granville Mayor Melissa Hatfield|
|60 Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage|
|61 Groveport Mayor Lance Westcamp|
|62 Hanover Township Trustees|
|63 Hartville Mayor Cathy Billings|
|64 Hilliard Mayor Donald Schonhardt|
|65 Huber Heights Mayor Tom McMasters|
|66 Independence Mayor Anthony L. Togliatti|
|67 Ironton Mayor Katrina Keith|
|68 Jamestown Mayor Jerrod Pickens|
|69 Kent Mayor Jerry Fiala|
|70 Kettering Mayor Donald Patterson|
|71 Kingston, New York Mayor Steve Noble|
|72 Lakemore Mayor Richard Justice|
|73 Lancaster Mayor Dave Smith|
|74 Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer|
|75 Liberty Township Trustees|
|76 Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer|
|77 Louisville Mayor Patricia Fallot|
|78 Loveland Vice Mayor Angie Settell|
|79 Macedonia Mayor Joseph Migliorini|
|80 Mansfield Mayor Tim Theaker|
|81 Marion Mayor Scott Schertzer|
|82 Mason Mayor Victor Kidd|
|83 Massillon Mayor Kathy Catazaro-Perry|
|84 Maumee Mayor Richard Carr|
|85 Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell|
|86 Miamisburg Mayor Dick Church|
|87 Middlefield Mayor Ben Garlich|
|88 Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan sr.|
|89 Montgomery Mayor Chris Dobrozsi|
|90 Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Mavis|
|91 Mounty Victory Mayor Michael Trout|
|92 New Albany Mayor Sloan Spalding|
|93 New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw|
|94 Newark Mayor Jeff Hall|
|95 North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy|
|96 Norwalk Mayor Rob Ducan|
|97 Norwich Township Trustees|
|98 Oakwood Mayor William Duncan|
|99 Olmsted Falls Mayor Ann Dunegan|
|100 Ontario Mayor Randy Hutchinson|
|101 Orange Township Trustees|
|102 Orrville Mayor Dave Handwrek|
|103 Oxford Mayor Kate Rousemaniere|
|104 Parma Heights Mayor Michael Bryne|
|105 Parma Mayor Timothy DeGeeter|
|106 Pickerington Mayor Lee Gray|
|107 Piqua Mayor Katheryn Hinds|
|108 Portsmouth Mayor James Kalb|
|109 Powell Mayor Brian Lorenz|
|110 Reynoldsburg Mayor Mike Compton|
|111 Richfield Mayor Bobbie Beshara|
|112 Riverside Mayor Bill Flute|
|113 Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnion|
|114 Saint Marys Mayor Patrick McGowan|
|115 Salem Mayor John Berlin|
|116 Shawnee Hills Council|
|117 Stow Mayor Sara Kline|
|118 Stryker Mayor Joey Beck|
|119 Sugarcreek Township Trustees|
|120 Swanton Mayor Ann Roth|
|121 Sycamore Township|
|122 Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz|
|123 Union Mayor Michael O'Callaghan|
|124 Upper Arlington Mayor John Adams|
|125 Urbana Mayor Bill Bean|
|126 Urbancrest Mayor Joseph Barnes|
|127 Van Wert Mayor Gerald Mazur|
|128 Washington Township, Ohio|
|129 Waterville Mayor Lori Brodie|
|130 West Carrolton Mayor Jeffrey Sanner|
|131 West Salem Mayor Dale Klinect|
|132 Westerville Mayor Kathy Cocuzzi|
|133 Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough|
|134 Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard|
|135 Wickliffe Mayor William Margalis|
|136 Woodmere Mayor Charles Smith|
|137 Woodvillle Mayor Richard Harman|
|138 Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless|
|139 Yorkville Mayor Blair Closser|
Monday, September 25, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Did you use the microwave to cook popcorn before a movie this weekend? How about use the GPS on your phone to get to that apple orchid with the family? And who hasn’t used duct-tape?
All courtesy of the Department of Defense.
Recognizing the uncanny talent of the U.S. Army for protecting our nation not just with soldiers, weapon systems, and tanks, Congress tasked the DOD in 1992 to take a significant role in the War on Cancer and other significant diseases like Alzheimer’s, and PTSD.
Active service men get prostate cancer. In fact, the National Cancer Institute has found that servicemen deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan are at higher risk of prostate cancer because of exposure to depleted uranium. Shouldn’t we know why? In an effort to protect our protectors, shouldn’t we stand up and fix the problem so these heroes can have long, healthy lives with their adoring families and communities?
It doesn’t end at that. Unlike anywhere else, the DOD uniquely targets critical gaps in medical research and utilizes a two-tier review process that includes patients impacted by the disease. In just prostate cancer – the model is incredibly successful: creating three treatments for advanced disease and a genomic marker to tell if the disease is aggressive or not before treatments begin.
Just like duct tape, this research has real and far reaching application in civilian life. And why shouldn’t it? Aren’t our armed forces sworn to protect this nation from enemies foreign and domestic? Cancer kills.
What better place to host medical research than the place where wars are won? Cancer death rates have fallen 25 percent since 1992. I don’t think it’s a coincidence and I urge you to not do the same. And here’s the Capital T truth to the whole program, for every $1,000 the DOD spends on personnel, equipment, and weapons systems, it spends 25 cents on medical research. Think about that.
Is that not the best business model and the best return on investment you’ve ever seen?
Some in the Senate don’t see it this way. They don’t see that this research saves the lives of Army Colonels, combat Marines in the Middle East, and the American public who support them with every heartbeat. Instead of world-changing research, they’re clogging the process with red tape to save a quarter.
It’s critical to share this info with your network and your Congressman because in the coming days, we’ll need those friends to stand up on Capitol Hill and fight for this life-saving research.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
September 13, 2012 we had meeting with the Senators from Ohio and our first meeting was at 8:30 am with Senator Brown but at around 8:15 am I took a SPILL on Capitol Hill and felt a pop in my leg. I figured it was broken but it did not stop me to get to the meetings with the Senators. The Capitol Hill Officers wanted to know if I wanted to go to the ER but I said no! I am going to these meetings some way! So they call for a wheelchair. I told them that I will go after the meetings..maybe. We got to Senator Brown's Constituants Coffee a little after it started but I made it.
We attended the first meeting and then Ray took me to The Capitol Hill First Aid, the nurse wrapped up my leg and also suggested the ER. Again we still have two meetings with Senators in the afternoon and I am going to them no matter what. We seen Champions from the Summit on the Hill and asked what happened? I explained and some said that is dedication.
After the meetings I wanted to do some sightseeing in Washington since I had never been there before. But with my leg there was no walking and the pain was starting to set in more. So we started back home to Columbus, Ohio!
We drove through the night and made it back to Columbus around 2:00 am slept until around noon and then went to the ER. The Doctor asked how it happened. I took a SPILL on Capitol Hill. They laughed and apoligized and said it is funny how you say it! After about an hour in the ER and X-rays it was confirmed my leg is broken! They called me a dedicated trooper for still continuing on to the meetings with a broken leg. But it is like I told them Prostate Cancer Awareness is very important to me as my husband has it!