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by Mike Mulcahy   |   March 7, 2017

My Reflections on # ZeroSummit2017

The #ZeroSummit2017 was over the top good! This year I have two things I would like to share relating to what I learned by participating in the Summit.

First, during a visit to the Martin Luther King Memorial, I read one of Dr. King’s sayings. He wrote, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” To me, this is inspirational for any man facing prostate cancer.

In our walk to defeat prostate cancer, we meet many men who are no longer in their moments of comfort and convenience, but who are, rather, standing in times of challenge and controversy. We find the vast majority of those men stepping up and accepting the challenges and controversy of dealing with prostate cancer with a newfound energy and determination to beat the scourge. Those men are the men we work so hard for. Those are the men we admire for their grit and determination. Those are some of the men Dr. King had in mind when he penned that saying. I am proud to be one of those men. I am proud to stand tall with other men like me and I am so grateful for everyone who stands beside us all for our common cause.

Second, during our visit with my elected official, he told us that by lobbying the federal government for prostate cancer research funding, we go to the largest source of money to fund research. He said that if you added all of the money collected by traditional fundraising methods such as races, golf tournaments, bingo games, bake sales, pledging, etc., it would still be significantly less than what the federal government can and does contribute to prostate cancer research. What does this mean? He was telling us was that we came to the right place during our Summit. He further opened my eyes to the importance of what we were doing on Mar 1, 2017. I’m so glad I was a part of it.

I want to continue to be a part of the process to end Prostate Cancer. I want to continue to be a part of Zero Prostate Cancer, and I will.