I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April, 2014. It was a terrifying experience to hear my name and the word “cancer” in the same sentence, but about one out of every seven men will hear their name and then the words, “prostate cancer”, all in the same sentence.
What came after the diagnoses was just as frightening. I was given several options; surgery, radiation, or active surveillance (Actively watching the cancer before seeking any treatment.) I did my research and chose to have surgery to remove my prostate along with the cancer.
Before my surgery, I discovered the ZERO prostate cancer organization that promotes awareness of the disease, provides testing for men around the U.S., and is involved with cutting-edge research toward finding a cure. They want to get the word out that prostate cancer is the number one cancer for men.
In 2014, ZERO prostate cancer organization was having a fund raising 5K run/walk in San Francisco on September 20, less than two months after my surgery. I made that my personal recovery goal. Run, walk, or crawl, I was going to finish that race. So, I put together team “Cut It Out” to participate in my first ZERO event.
In 2015 and 2016, ZERO added a new run in Napa and team “Cut It Out” became part of the Napa race.
Last year ZERO has added a new race in SACRAMENTO and team "Cut-It-Out" was the largest team to participate.
This year I will be celebrating 4 years cancer and I’m hoping that team "Cut-It-Out" will be one of the largest teams again. Please join me November 17, at Inderkum High School, to be part of team “Cut It Out” in raising awareness for prostate cancer in the Sacramento area.
Here is what I’d like you to do. (In order of importance)
1. MEN: GET TESTED EVERY YEAR – If you are a man 40 years old or older, get a simple PSA blood test. Some doctors will not give the test unless you ask. ASK! It may save your life.
2. WOMEN: Make sure your fathers, husbands, brothers, and friends get tested. If you know a man 40 years old or older, make him GET TESTED EVERY YEAR. It may save his life.
3. EVERYONE: Join or support team “Cut It Out”. If you can walk or run the 5K on November 18, I’d love for you to join the team. If you can’t make it to the 5K in November, I’m asking for your financial support to reach my personal goal of $500 and team goal of $1,000. I hate fund raising and asking for money but I am!
4. GIVE: Give your time and come out to the 5K November 18, or give financially. If every one of my Facebook friends gave just $5, I’d reach my goal.