Linda Hoetger has been a passionate advocate for prostate cancer awareness ever since her husband Ray was diagnosed over a decade ago. In their home state of Ohio, the Hoetgers have shared their story with elected officials, put forth prostate cancer-related bills, and enacted change at the state level. Their tireless efforts led to U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty officially declaring September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in 2015. Over the course of their prostate cancer journey, Linda and Ray have advocated on behalf of prostate cancer patients, their families and caregivers, and have made such a difference in their community.
This year, as September approaches, Linda is raising the bar for prostate cancer awareness once again. For the past few years, she has been in contact with Ohio government officials in order to create a custom Ohio license plate with the blue ribbon logo on it, as well as ZERO’s M.O.: “The End of Prostate Cancer.” The plates would give Ohio residents the option to proudly show their support for the prostate cancer community on their vehicles, as well as raise funds to provide services for prostate cancer patients in Ohio such as financial support and free transportation to and from doctor’s appointments. In order to make these organizational license plates a reality, the Hoetgers are looking to collect 250 petition signatures by September 1st.
You can support the Hoetgers’ incredible efforts by signing their petition and emailing the form to Linda at Linda@zerocancer.org. With COVID-19 keeping everyone homebound, collecting signatures is an especially difficult task, so please consider sharing the form with your network as well. You can also check out Linda’s Facebook page for more information.
In addition to Ohio, prostate cancer license plates are available in the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, and Utah. If you’d like to make them an option in your state, take after the Hoetgers’ example and get in touch with your local elected officials!