Jay lost the race on April 23, 2017 after a heroic fight for five and a half years with this horrific disease. What better way to memorialize Jay than to restate his words below from last year’s Zero Prostate Cancer Run:
“Mr. Bowen, I’m afraid I have bad news……”; trust me, those weren’t the words I was hoping to hear.
Hi, I’m Jay Bowen, and I was diagnosed almost five years ago with advanced prostate cancer. Often, people think of prostate cancer as being somewhat routine and not particularly deadly. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It’s by far the most common cancer in males, and with the exception of lung cancer, leads the list of deaths caused by cancer in males. Even for those who survive, quality of life issues are numerous and often debilitating.
Slowly and steadily, advances in medicine and procedures to deal with this pernicious disease are developed due to the efforts of medical professionals and researchers around the world. While my particular cancer has continued to advance to what’s referred to as Stage Four, I am currently seeking treatment in the form of chemotherapy.
Why am I telling you this? To “Cut to the Chase,” I’m seeking donations. For the past three years, my family and friends have joined me in a 5K Run/Walk at Towson, MD to raise money for Zero Prostate Cancer. It’s a great time of togetherness for all involved. These events occur all over the country and contribute significant funds to help combat this insidious illness. In addition, others have chosen to donate without active participation.
Four years ago, I had to be coaxed a bit to allow my daughter to make a plea to my family and friends to participate in this event. She had to do a lot of coaxing for me to actually run, as running ain’t my gig. I’m so glad I pushed past my initial reluctance, “geared up” and actually completed the run(s), albeit with a couple short periods of walking.
Won’t you join us this year in celebrating Jay’s life? Cheering, walking, running, donating. It all works.