About Linda H.
My name is Linda Hoetger on June 19, 2009, my life forever changed when my husband Ray and I were given the devastating news that he had an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Thankfully he remains in remission in 2019. He is a 20-year Veteran of the United States Air Force and no known family history of prostate cancer. The parents of fours sons and grandparents of two grandsons. However, I was not about to sit back and do nothing! I started advocating and raising awareness for this horrible disease that no one seems to want to talk about. In 2012, I began working with ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, a national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZERO advances research improves the lives of men and, families, and inspires action. There are men living in your communities who are also who have been impacted with prostate cancer and are not speaking up as this disease has a devastating effect on them and their families. It is so important to let them know they are not alone. We care and we are ready to support and educate communities across the nation about Prostate Cancer Awareness month in September and throughout the year! It has been an honor to receive Commendation letters from Representatives from the Ohio Statehouse. I received the Community STAR from Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin. Including supporting Mayors from Ohio, Kingston, New York, Columbus, Georgia, Cleveland, Tennessee, New Bern, North Carolina, and Columbus, Indiana, and Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Join us with this epic movement across the nation. Working with ZERO has given me so many more opportunities to help raise awareness and to be part of ending prostate cancer. Each year Ray and I speak to our elected officials at the Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Summit in Washington, D.C., and work locally in Ohio and across the nation to secure proclamations from each local government.
1 in 9 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Someone in your family or you may know someone impacted by prostate cancer. Your support is needed as education and awareness for prostate cancer is limited across the nation. Prostate cancer awareness month is in September, I am asking for your support in hopes that you too can challenge and encourage your surrounding communities to join us in raising awareness and education so men can make an informed decision if treatment is needed in their lifetime. Your support means the world to those battling this horrible disease and gets men talking and veterans sharing their story as well. While men are sharing their story, other men and families know they are not alone in this fight and in turn encourage others to share too. Please share the Proclamations on your City, Village, and Township Social Media pages as another way to help raise awareness in hopes to also get men to speak up and share too.
Each September, the nation recognizes prostate cancer awareness month. Elected Officials have shared this with newspapers and newsletters as another way to help promote prostate cancer awareness help defeat the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men. An estimated 31,620 husbands, sons, brothers, fathers, and grandfathers will lose their lives to prostate cancer in 2019. An Ohio resident has been hard at work to ensure that these proclamations are renewed annually. Linda & Ray 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, Town/Village manager, County Commissioners, and Ohio Statehouse Representatives will issue a Proclamation, Resolution, and Letters of Commendations declaring September Prostate Cancer Awareness and education month. And invite members of the Proclamation Team to Council meetings to share their stories and information about prostate cancer.