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.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Medical Research

JUST LIKE DUCT TAPE!: Why we Have Medical Research at the DOD

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

Senators what were you thinking?

The U.S Senate voted to eliminated DOD Medical Research on September 14, 2017.

Not only does this vote effect prostate cancer research something that we have been fighting for! It effects many other cancer research as well. I will keep fighting for prostate cancer research! 

Ray was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer with no known family history. The only possible connection is that he was a Firefighter in the Military and possible contact with Agent Orange. 

Senators voting to eliminate Medical Researchb is so disheartening to know that you want to stop all funding for finding cures for diseases! These disease may not have effected you but if they ever do! Would your vote have been different? 

The  list of diseases, illnesses, etc. that this impacts include:
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Bone Marrow Failure
Breast Cancer
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Gulf War Illness
Lung Cancer
Military Burn
Multiple Sclerosis
Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes
Peer Reviewed Cancer (includes many cancers)
Peer Reviewed Medical
Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic
Prostate Cancer
Psychological Health/Traumatic Brain Injury
Reconstructive Transplant Research
Spinal Cord Injury
Tick-Borne Disease

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Amelia, Ohio 2017

Board of Commissioners of Adams County, Ohio 2017

SPILL on Capitol Hill 2012

 My first trip to Washington, DC is one I will never forget!

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!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Saving Lives in September
By Linda Hoetger

On June 19, 2009, my life forever changed. My husband Ray and I were given the devastating news: he had an aggressive form of prostate cancer. However, I was not about to sit back and do nothing! I started advocating and raising awareness for this horrible disease that no one seems to want to talk about.

In 2012, I was contacted by ZERO to become an advocate and was honored to be asked to join the “family”! Working with ZERO has given me so many more opportunities to help raise awareness and to be part of ending prostate cancer. Each year Ray and I speak to our elected officials at the Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit in Washington, D.C., and work locally in Ohio to secure proclamations from each local government declaring September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

I began my journey for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month proclamations in 2013. I’d see resolutions and proclamations from elected officials proclaiming months and days for other causes, and I knew I wanted to get involved for prostate cancer. In 2013 I asked the Governor of Ohio’s office for a resolution for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September. The very next year, Ohio had their first resolution for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month!

In addition to the Governor, I also contacted the Mayor from my hometown and asked for a proclamation. A few days later I picked up my very first proclamation. It was a great feeling to know that I could impact change locally and spread awareness of prostate cancer to the men in my community. The more men I helped educate about the disease, the better.

After that it became easy to start sending out emails with requests for support. Sometimes I would receive an email back from the elected official’s office with support and a story of how prostate cancer had touched their lives. They’d also tell me that they never knew that there was a month for prostate cancer awareness! One Mayor even responded to say that he was planning to start being tested.

I’m proud to say that I’ve received over 85 proclamations this year in Ohio and close to 260 for the past three years! We’ve also had the honor of receiving invitations from many cities, villages and townships to attend the reading and presentation of the proclamation or the resolution. After the reading we are asked if we want to say a few words, and we always share our journey and work with ZERO. It’s a great way to ensure more men know how dangerous prostate cancer can be.

I love being able to make a difference in the lives of men by raising awareness and educating those who may not know about the disease. Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is so important for getting the word out!

Make a difference this September! Every act, donation, and proclamation helps men and their families. Join me on the ZERO Proclamations Team!


Board of Commissioners of Carroll County, Ohio 2017

Ontario, Ohio 2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Franklin County Government Tower 2017

As you requested, we are able to light the Franklin County Government Tower blue in further support of national  prostate cancer awareness month and the #countmein campaign.   Congratulations to you for drawing attention and supporting this worthy health mission.

Franklin County Government Tower lit BLUE

Thank you Franklin County Board of Commissioners and public facilities team! The tower will keep the building lit blue the entire month of September recognizing National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The 26th floor is lit on all sides.

And of course Petey was there too!

Richfield, Ohio 2017

Cortland, Ohio 2017

Monday, September 4, 2017


Capitol Hill Petey
He has a Special meaning to me! I had him for over 3 years.

September 1, 2017

Heartbroken....missing Capitol Hill Petey!

In 2009 I created Petey the Prostate Crusader out of a walnut! Why a walnut? It is the size of a prostate. Later I started to added hats, glasses and other little things.

For years I HAD Capitol Hill Petey. I carried him with me everywhere. Even to Capitol Hill to meet with Senators and Congress members. I would have him present during picture taking. Your political views aside I even had him at the 2017 Inaugration! Petey is in the picture with us!

On September 1, 2017 while attending a Prostate Cancer Kick off event a Veteran took Petey. He did not ask just took him! If people ask about certain outfits on Petey I will be happy to make one for them. But PLEASE don't take ones that hold SPECIAL meanings to me! I know I will never see that Petey again. If tne guy only understood how heartbreaking this is losing that Petey I wish he would return him!

I can make a new Capitol Hill Petey and start making new memories, but it will not be the same. I know that there is readons to why we lose something or it happens for a reason. Dealing with this loss is hard. If yoou see the missing Capitol Hill Petey bring him home to mom!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Orange Township, Lewis Center, Ohio 2017

My life

Ray Hoetger and I met June 20, and were married on September 28, 1983. We found our soul mates! When I said those words in Sickness and in Health. I never imagined that the challenge that we would face 26 years later would be prostate cancer!
On June 19, 2009 we hear those words that no man wants to hear. You have prostate cancer! And to make matters worse Ray's was an aggressive form of the disease. His Gleason score was a 9 and PSA was 8.42 and 56 years old. I went from a wife to a Caregiver. At this time we had weigh the treatment options and decide the plan of attack. All the options came with risks and side effects.
Ray chose Robotic surgery and in October 12, 2009 he became a prostate cancer SURVIVOR! The surgery took longer than expected as the cancer has escaped the prostate into the lymph nodes. Not news I wanted to hear. Although he was down graded from a Gleason 9 to an 8. The surgery did come with some side effects incontinence, better than 6 feet under! At 45 I was not ready to join the Prostate Cancer Widow Club. Since the cancer was not gone he still had to have more treatments. He was on hormone therapy and did 7 weeks of radiation.
He was on hormone therapy for 6 years and his PSA has been Undetectable for 2 years. He goes every 3 months for a PSA test. I do not use the term Cancer Free as even though the prostate is gone and the cancer was in the lymph nodes. We know that the cancer can rear its ugly head again. So we will never let our guard down. Ray goes ever 3 months for his PSA test and is followed by the Cancer Care Clinic every year. For some people this would be great news! But for those who have been in our shoes they understand.
I may look strong on the outside but there are days when I am not strong at all. The toll that prostate cancer takes on the caregiver is tough! Not only do we care for our loved ones we have to care for ourselves! Many times we forget about ourselves. I have been guilty of that many times. Some will never understand the battles we face with prostate cancer and the after effects.
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month so please Guys get your PSA test! A simple blood test can save your life!
Ladies encourage the men in your lives to get a PSA test! Reward them with a treat after the test.

This picture was take 8 years ago on Ray's birthday on August 30, 2009.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Salem, Ohio 2017

Englewood, Ohio 2017

Portsmouth, Ohio 2017

Flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of Prostate Cancer Families

Today is the first day of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. For our Wedding Anniversary on September 28, 2016. I requested a flag from Congresswoman Joyce Beatty to be flown over the Capitol Building in Honor of the families battling prostate cancer and those who have lost their battle!

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Whereas, Prostate cancer constitutes 19% of all cancer diagnoses and 8% of all cancer deaths; and

Whereas, in Ohio an estimated 5,840 new cases of prostate cancer and an estimated 1,020 deaths will occur in 2017; and

Whereas, Men with relatives – father, brother, son – with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease; and

Whereas, Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to get prostate cancer; and

Whereas, Prostate cancer is most commonly diagnosed cancer in American Men and the third leading cause of cancer death behind lung and colon cancer; and

Whereas, this year approximately 161,360 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States alone every year – that’s one man every 3.3 minutes and roughly 26,730 die this year from the disease – which is one man every 20 minutes; and

Whereas, 1 in 8 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. African American men are at the highest risk for the disease with a rate of 1 in 6 men. African American men are 2.3 times more likely to die from the disease: and

Whereas, Education regarding prostate cancer and early detection strategies is critical to saving lives, 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.