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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Linda and Petey

Have you ever seen Petey out in public? I created Petey in late 2009 as a way to raise awareness for prostate cancer. He goes with me everywhere dinner, shopping even on vacation. Each year we attend the ZERO Summit in Washinton, DC on the last day of the Summit. We meet with elected officials from Ohio on Capitol Hill, yes Petey goes with me! I share my Journey with them along with Why the Walnut. Do you know why?

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bucyrus, Ohio 2017

Thank you Mayor Jeff Reser and City of Bucyrus for your support with Prostate Cancer.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Petey's new rides

Petey loves to raise awareness for prostate cancer and will travel the country doing so. February 27 -March 1 is the ZERO Summit in Washington, DC and for the 6th year he will be on Capitol Hill raising awareness. And of course doing a little sightseeing as he does in his Petey way he will be taking pictures of his trip. Many times people will see Mom (me) taking pictures for Petey and they will know exactly why a Walnut. Some will get curious and ask, great oppturnity to share our Journey with them and get them talking as well.

Is it worth it?

There is one thing Petey won't gamble on. Forgetting to have his PSA test done. Have you had your done lately?

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


PSA testing was recommended for all men over 50.

Honestly I wish a PSA test are started earlier! My 4 sons are in their 20's and 30's, and a 1 year old bi-racial grandsosn with prostste cancer on both sides of the family.

And for men over 40 with a family history of prostate cancer.

Concern some men do not share if they have been diagnosed with prostate cancer with their family.  So you may not know if there is a family history! Ray has no known family history of prostate cancer. The only thing we are thinking on his diagnosis is that he was in the Military. He is the only one of 3 brothers in the military and the only one with an aggrrssive form of prostate cancer.

Ray was at work one day talking with one of his co-workers about prostate cancer. The guy in his 30-40's said he was going to talk with his dad about prostate cancer. So that night he talked with this dad. The son got shocking news, his dad told him he was diagnosed with prostate cancer 20 years earlier but never told the family.

How many other young sons do not know if their father has prostate cancer? Or if they are adopted and what is the family history. Or if the father is not in the sons life at all and has not given any family history.

Things needs to change. Do you know if there is a family history?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Early detection is key!

If someone in your life has been diagnosed with prostate cancer please share this post to encourage all 40+ year old men to get screened during 2017. Early detection is the key to beating prostate cancer.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year to all my elected official FB friends. And best of Luck in the next General Assembly in Ohio. Looking forward to working with you for prostate cancer awareness. One day I hope that there is a cure found. This will be my 8th year of being a caregiver of a Survivor. Our Journey has not been easy as we deal with the side effects from the surgery, we knew the risks. But it was much better than DEATH! Since our Journey began we have met many men battling the disease sadly some of them have lost their battle. Some a short time after their diagnosis. My heart breaks every time I learn of their passing.

Each year along with others from the prostate cancer community attends the ZERO Summit in Washington, DC. We share our Journeys on Capitol Hill encouraging them to keep the funding for prostate cancer for research and finding a cure in the FY budget.

Soon I will be sending out my request for a Proclamation or Resolution for September, also ask that you light a Landmark Blue or tie Blue ribbons in your town to show your support for the Prostate Cancer community. I know with your help we can help let the prostate cancer community know that others care and they are not ALONE! I also ask for copies of the Proclamations and Resolutions as I share them at different events and on Capitol Hill to show the support from Ohio.

Thank you for your support from the prostate cancer community!