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?
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; 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.
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Thursday, January 12, 2017
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.
Saturday, January 7, 2017
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
Sunday, January 1, 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!