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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Prostate Cancer Awareness Database

I have been building a database with DejaOffice on my Galaxy Tablet.  I update the information continously and add as much as possible. There is a notes section at the bottom. In this section I add emails for that contact, so it can be easily found. Below are screen shots of what mine looks like.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

PCAM Proclamation Team Member

I am a PCAM Proclamation Team Member for Ohio now. This has been something I have been working on since 2014. With over 300 Mayors, Council members, Trustees and Commissioners contacted in raising awareness for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month (PCAM)
Proclamations Toolkit

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chardon, Ohio 2017

Thank you Mayor Nancy McArthur and City of Chardon for your support in raising awareness for prostate cancer!

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Dear Linda,
As part of our #CountMeIn campaign, we wanted you to have this news hot off the press. This week’s major win for early detection!
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised its recommendation on prostate cancer testing from a “D” to a “C” rating, meaning men will no longer be discouraged from getting tested for a disease that kills a man every 20 minutes.
It confirms what you and I knew all along: early detection saves lives. And it happened because of your passionate commitment to the importance of early detection by sharing your story and fighting for increased research.
It doesn’t end here. We need your help to undo a decade-long message that told men at risk to not get tested. Together, we must continue to be the leader in early detection awareness.
To help you navigate next steps and what the new recommendation means for patients and families, ZERO convened an expert panel with the American Urological Association and the Men’s Health Network. Here is a link to a short video presentation:
Know others who would like to be part our community in the fight against prostate cancer? Please invite them to have their voices heard by joining #CountMeIn!
Jamie Bearse
President & CEO
ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer

Can you hear us now?

Weather or not our story made a difference in the decision with the current changes to the USPSTF.

I am excited to hear The USPSTF recommends that clinicians inform men ages 55 to 69 years about the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)–based screening for prostate cancer.

Testifying at the Ohio Statehouse in 2013 and 2014

This is from when we testified at the Ohio Statehouse on the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force hearings. 
Heather Bishoff (@HeatherBishoff) tweeted at 9:46 PM on Wed, Jan 08, 2014:
@PeteyProstate Well done & Congrats on passage of SCR10! My Peteys look on at Ray testifying below #prostatecancer
Senate Medicaid, Health, & Human Services Committee
November 20, 2013
S.C.R. 10
Proponent Testimony
On June 19, 2009 my life as a wife had forever changed in to a prostate cancer caregiver wife. My husband’s PSA rose from 7.91 to 8.42 in little over one month. June 15th a PSA and Biopsy were done I never gave it a thought that we would be called back to Wright-Patterson 4 days later and I needed to be there. That morning of the 19th I was not thinking that there was anything wrong! But when we get to the base it was strange to hear that the doctor cleared his morning schedule to talk with us. Thought it was strange but no RED flags here! The doctor comes out to greet us and he had this strange look on his face. We get into his office and sit down and he tells us…I am sorry Sergeant Hoetger your biopsy came back positive for an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Stunned, shocked, numb are just a few words that I can describe on that day. My tears started flowing, and then my husband’s eyes. This is no news one wants to hear but for a doctor to have to tell the patient or the wife! After all the tears and trying to absorb the diagnosis the doctor took the time to discuss the tests in depth, treatment options, questions. Ray did not want to hear any option except the prostate is causing the problem then take it out NOW! The Urologist said to become students and learn everything about prostate cancer and so that is what I did. I did research all the options and tried to share them with Ray but he did not want to hear any of them except surgery!
Ray was diagnosed at 56 years old with prostate cancer with a simple PSA blood test that the United States Preventative Task Force recommends against at any age. I do not agree with their recommendations as the wife of a Prostate Cancer Survivor and also a Mom of young sons’ in their 20’s. It was devastating hearing that my husband was diagnosed but hearing it from my sons! When there is a simple PSA blood test that could save their life?
Linda Hoetger
ZERO The End of Prostate Cancer
Central Ohio Regional Coordinator

Grove City, Ohio 2017

Thank you Mayor Richard Stage for your support with prostate cancer awareness!
Whereas: it is one of the privileges of the Mayor to recognize the important occurrence in our community: and

Adelphi, Ohio 2017

Proclamation from the Village of Adelphi, Ohio 43101 naming September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

We applaud your personal efforts to bring awareness to this issue. Thank You !

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Whitehall, Ohio 2017

Thank you Mayor Kim Maggard and the City of Whitehall for your support with prostate cancer awareness!