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2019 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Hartford

Team Savino - Strike Out PC

Upon the recommendation of my cardiologist, Dr. James Dougherty (Hartford Hospital), I started getting a PSA test at age 52 and did so on an annual basis.  In October of 2012, I had my annual PSA test which was elevated from the previous year; hence, Dr. Dougherty recommended Dr. Stuart Kesler, Urologist at HHC Tallwood Urology and Kidney Institute.  On October 24, I had a biopsy of my prostate and shortly thereafter I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer, Gleason 9, which stopped me in my tracks as I never gave a thought to cancer as I was focused on heart issues for almost my entire adult life.  I met at length with Dr. Kesler along with Dr. Andrew Salner, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director HHC Cancer Institute and discussed my cancer, surgical and non-surgical options, and long-term prognosis. I had great confidence and trust in their recommendations which put my mind at ease and felt that I had a very strong chance to beat this cancer with their help.  I subsequently underwent surgery to remove my prostate and surrounding lymph nodes on January 4, 2013 and did not require additional treatment. To this day, I continue to get tested annually, just as I did prior to getting diagnosed.  I am extremely grateful to Dr. Dougherty for encouraging me to get a PSA Test at age 52 and subsequent testing and also for recommending Dr. Kesler who is an exceptional, compassionate, dedicated physician. I credit Dr. Kesler and his Team for giving me a second chance in life and continuing to give others hope for this complicated cancer that impacts so many of our friends, family, and co-workers.  We all have to be vigilant about getting tested on an annual basis as screening is vital!  Please encourage your partners, fathers, brothers, and sons to to get tested. Lastly, I am lucky....lucky to be telling my story in hopes that you will give so that others can continue to tell their stories and raise funds to end prostate cancer.  Thank you in advance for your thoughtful donation and support!   Please feel free to contact me about my experience.   Jon Savino

One in nine fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, partners, and friends will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, including 1,980 men in Connecticut this year alone.

Our team is participating in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk because we want to put an end to prostate cancer. Please support our efforts by making a tax-deductible contribution today!

Your donation provides much needed funds for research, education and awareness, and patient assistance for prostate cancer patients in our local community. 

Team up with us to fight prostate cancer; you’ll feel proud knowing you’ve helped save lives.

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