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by Jamie Bearse   |   September 13, 2018

What Survivors Teach Me

There’s more than 50 years of cancer survivorship in this quick snapshot from the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Boston. Each guy has had his own path that lead him to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the blue brotherhood.

It’s inspiring. Sometimes when faced with the difficult things in life, we go around or under them – but these men, they go through. There’s no choice. It’s not just a matter of going through the treatment and the anguish and anxiety that goes with it. It’s not just how prostate cancer challenges and changes relationships and careers.

It’s that these men have the courage to come out and stand on stage to tell the world their story, they get on camera and call out friends from half-way across the country, and they reach out a hand – standing ready and willing – to pull up the next guy and his family to show him the way.

We all have a place inside of us that wants to soar. For me, these guys tap into that. Against all the upheaval in their lives, they survive and thrive. This disease is beatable. Don’t think for a minute you’re alone because these guys – Charlie, Les, Robert, John, Michael, Bob, Steve, Jon, Bob, and the rest of the gang saved a spot for you.

If you’re newly diagnosed or fighting prostate cancer, here are three things you can do in five minutes to improve your odds:

  1. Print off a “I’m Fighting for…” sheet and literally write “ME” on it and take a picture of yourself.
  2. Reach out to a ZERO Mentor and get connected.
  3. Find a run/walk near you. If there isn’t one. Go put your sneakers and hit the road for a walk. There’s hundreds of guys I’ve talked to who are getting in cardio. Studies show that what’s heart healthy is prostate healthy. If you want proof, Michael – the tall guy on the top row – is half the guy he was when diagnosed and his PSA is zero.

Stand with us. You got this. We’ll beat it together!