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Meet ZERO’s Heroes

ZERO’s Heroes is an initiative aimed to unite the prostate cancer community, help our voices be heard, and take action to end prostate cancer. We invite you to take a few minutes today to showcase your courage and strength to inspire and connect with those who have been touched by this disease.

We welcome everyone who has been touched by prostate cancer including survivors, family members, volunteers, friends, caregivers, researchers, medical providers and our corporate and non-profit partners to join us as warriors in our fight against prostate cancer.

With each personal story, ZERO’s Heroes will raise awareness and shed light on the journey to end prostate cancer. Thank you for being a pioneer to help build our ZERO’s Heroes community, submit your story here.

At ZERO, we’re fighting to end prostate cancer 365 days a year. Meet some of the patients and families for whom we are fighting.

Steve Abbott

Steve Abbott was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago, at age 50. Following a radical prostatectomy in September 2013, ... Read More

Thomas Addison

Thomas Addison is a software sales executive who lives in Central Virginia with his family. He is also a two-time ... Read More

Jon Albrecht

Jon was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He moved to California in the early 1980’s Jon had a successful ... Read More

Vivian Avery

Vivian Avery watched both her father and father-in-law battle prostate cancer. Watching two men she loved battle such a terrible ... Read More

Juan Batres

Enrique Batres was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in 2012. In April 2014, his son, Juan, and ... Read More

Jodie Benson

Shortly after my husband, Doug Priest, passed away from prostate cancer in June 2018, my sister came across the ZERO ... Read More

Judy Berman and Bob Thompson

As is often the case, Judy Berman had to corral her husband to go to his routine physical exam in ... Read More

Steve Birdsall

Steve Birdsall is a 59-year old father of two sons. He’s also a custom furniture builder, a career he’s held ... Read More

Steve Bleser

Steve Bleser is a small business owner who lives outside of Charlotte, N.C. Steve has been battling prostate cancer on ... Read More

Daniel Blount

Daniel Blount was 56 when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer through an annual check-up. However, after a prostatectomy and ... Read More

Athena Bogdanos

My name is Athena. My whole life I worked hard to be able to make my parents proud. My sister, ... Read More

Patrick Boll

Originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan Patrick Boll is a New York based actor who has performed in over a half ... Read More

Dan Brown

A dedicated road cyclist and hiker, Dan Brown began his prostate cancer journey with a back injury over Thanksgiving 2016 ... Read More

Jean Bruggman

Jean Bruggman’s dad was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer when she was 17 years old. Originally given a year ... Read More

Miguel Buddle

When Miguel Buddle was serving in the Army in 1996, an annual physical revealed a nodule on the back of ... Read More

Anna Carabetta

The day that shattered Anna and her husband Joe’s world began like any other. At his annual physical exam, Joe’s ... Read More

Malcolm Carmine

Before he was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer at age 49 in May 2014, Malcolm Carmine received misdiagnoses from ... Read More

Nick Cascio

Nick Cascio’s prostate cancer diagnosis was prompted when he moved from Stroudsburg to the Lehigh Valley and changed doctors. He ... Read More

Stephen Casper

Stephen was diagnosed with Stage II prostate cancer in 2006. After considering his treatment options, he had a radical prostatectomy ... Read More

Aram Chakerian

Aram Chakerian initially didn’t believe his urologist when he told him he needed a prostate biopsy due to a rising ... Read More

Ray Christie

Ray Christie was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 at age 54. At the time, his doctor gave him six ... Read More

Kevin Conroy

Andrew Zweig was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer when he was 50 years old. Known by friends and family ... Read More

Mike Crosby

Mike “Bing” Crosby, CDR USN Ret. Mike Crosby has been involved with the Veterans Administration as a volunteer and patient ... Read More

Richard Dalton

Richard Dalton was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000. Though his doctor strongly recommended surgery – even going so far ... Read More
Barry Davis

Barry Davis

Barry Davis is a News Anchor/Investigative Reporter for CBS/KENS 5 in San Antonio, Texas. Even though he was born in ... Read More

Grace, Danielle, Marlene, and José “Pepe” DeLeon

José “Pepe” DeLeon was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2002. Several months after having his prostate removed, follow-up tests revealed ... Read More

Evan Denhart

When his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the young age of 54, Evan Denhart knew he had to ... Read More

Dave Deschenes

Dave Deschenes was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the young age of 38 following a routine physical exam. With a ... Read More

Jon A. Di Gesu

Jon Di Gesu is a marketing consultant and an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of New Hampshire. After ... Read More

Sarah Dunn, Amy Donaldson, and Julie Tofte

Sarah Dunn, Amy Donaldson, and Julie Tofte were born and raised in Napa Valley, CA. After losing their grandfather to ... Read More

Michael Dunne

Mike Dunne lives in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife Helen and their dogs Max and Lou ... Read More

Dennis Eidem

What do you do when you’ve lost your father, grandfather, and uncle to prostate cancer? When you and your two sons are at risk for the ... Read More

Ropizah Ervin

Diagnosed with blood cancers, survived Multiple Myeloma and Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Pizah became an advocate for cancer research. As a ... Read More

Bob Evensen

When Bob’s father, grandfather, and two uncles were all diagnosed with prostate cancer, he knew that he had to be ... Read More

Maureen Ferguson

Maureen lives in Farmington, NY with her husband Mike. They have been married almost five years. Maureen has two step-children, ... Read More

Timothy Fitzgerald

Timothy Fitzgerald is an award-winning sports writer, editorial designer, dog lover, libertarian and perpetual smart ass. His blog, The Life ... Read More

Warren Foster

When Warren Foster – a San Francisco resident and avid body builder – was diagnosed with an aggressive form of ... Read More

Rob Freitas

Rob Freitas doesn’t let his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment stop him from living his life. Diagnosed with prostate cancer ... Read More

Jay Jay French

Jay Jay French is the founder, guitarist, and manager for the ‘80s heavy metal band “Twisted Sister". He’s also a ... Read More

Sherry Galloway

Nearly ten years ago, Sherry Galloway’s son Jeremy lost his battle with advanced metastatic disease at the young age of ... Read More

Mitchell Garber

In May of 2016, Mitchell Garber was diagnosed with prostate cancer after a two-year period of a doubling PSA. Though ... Read More

Robert Ginyard

Robert Ginyard’s major battle used to be raising capital and launching his own business. He never imagined that he would ... Read More

John Glass

As a new resident of Naples, Florida, one of John’s first priorities was to find a urologist. A month earlier, ... Read More

Dale Golgart

Dale is a retired healthcare administrator. He spent almost 25 years in the Navy and another 15 years in various ... Read More

John Graham

Eight years ago John was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer. He was only 55 years old and had been ... Read More

Idola Henry Gunn

When Art Gunn asked his wife to take him to the Emergency Room on January 1, 2008, Idola was alarmed ... Read More

Mark Hagenbuch

Mark Hagenbuch is a prostate cancer survivor. He's a passionate advocate and most recently attended the 2020 ZERO Prostate Cancer ... Read More

Jonathan J. Halperin

Jonathan collaborates with leaders and their purpose-driven organizations to drive, manage, and respond to change. Designing effective strategies and communication ... Read More

Charlie Hill

Charlie Hill is a prostate cancer warrior. He has spoken at ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk events in Virginia Beach, and ... Read More

The Hoetgers

Ray Hoetger received his first PSA test more than a decade ago, at the age of 52. He was given ... Read More

George Hopkins

When George Hopkins went in for his routine physical in 2012, he did not expect to find out he had ... Read More

Nicola Howard

Nicola Howard’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000, at the age of 73. Seven years later, he lost ... Read More

Jeff Jernigan

Jeff Jernigan knows that he would not be alive today if not for a PSA test during his annual physical ... Read More

Mat Jones

In 2016, Mat raced IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder with Team ZERO to raise awareness for prostate cancer. The team's slogan is “Add Meaning to ... Read More

Randall Kam

Randall Kam has Stage IV prostate cancer, but he doesn’t let that stop him. After completing the Long Beach Marathon ... Read More

Dr. Katz

This bimonthly column provides the platform for experts in the field to help men and women by providing answers to ... Read More

Stuart Kilgore

When Stuart Kilgore’s annual check-up revealed an elevated PSA in September of 2012, he was only 51 years old. He ... Read More

Don LaFollette

When Don LaFollette – a 45-year-old Paraglider Pilot – found out that an old friend was battling breast cancer and ... Read More

Kirk Larson

Kirk Larson is a prostate cancer survivor. He has been an active participant in Zero’s Sacramento Run/Walk since 2017 and ... Read More

Joshua Lerman

Joshua Lerman first learned about prostate cancer at 27 years old, when his father fought, and ultimately lost, his battle ... Read More

Paul Lewandowski

Paul Lewandowski was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December of 2019. As he recovered from surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic, ... Read More

Bruce Linde

Bruce Linde is a prostate cancer survivor and guest blogger for Journey to ZERO ... Read More

Vic Lombardi

Vic Lombardi is an Emmy award winning sports journalist based in Denver, Colorado. He's currently a host and reporter for ... Read More

Kate, Pete, and Sue Madler

The Madler Siblings are running the Chicago Marathon on October 13, 2019 in memory of their dad Herman Madler. September ... Read More

Landi Maduro

A few years ago Landi’s filmmaking partner, E. Chris Edwards, came to her with an idea for a new film ... Read More

Dr. Jim McAndrew

Dr. Jim McAndrew and his wife, Cynthia, began the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Tyler to honor his father and ... Read More

David McElhaney

David McElhaney has a diverse background with more than 30 years in business. He has held positions including General Manager ... Read More

Laura McKaig

Laura McKaig got her start in men’s health physical therapy while working at a skilled nursing facility. It was a ... Read More

Christine McMillan

Twenty-three years ago, Christine McMillan’s maternal grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Little did she know the impact that the ... Read More

Todd McMillon

Todd McMillon was just 39 years old when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. A husband, father, and former cornerback ... Read More

Bill Miller

Bill Miller is a ZERO Champion and a prostate cancer survivor. He has channeled his passion to ending prostate cancer ... Read More

Tony Minter

When Tony Minter was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2012, he was 50 years old and had been monitoring his ... Read More

Doyle Minton

In September of 1993 at the age of 46, Doyle Minton was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He’d been feeling sluggish ... Read More

Jennifer Miramontes

Jennifer Miramontes is the founder of Cancer Champion Fitness, an online fitness and nutrition program for cancer fighters and survivors ... Read More

Glenn Mollette

Within a four month timeframe, Glenn Mollette was diagnosed with both thyroid and prostate cancer. He shares his story with ... Read More

Scott Moore

Scott Moore was driving home from work one day when intuition stopped him in his tracks. Something just didn’t feel ... Read More

Val Moore

For years Val Moore wanted to host her own “walk” event to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, a ... Read More

Sam Mullins

Sam Mullins’ father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2013. A year later, Sam - an Air Force veteran - ... Read More

Don Murphy

Don Murphy was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2014, only ten months after he retired. He was 55 and ... Read More

Victor Murray

Victor Murray is the ESCG Safety/System Safety Engineer supporting ER and EA3. He started at Johnson Space Center as an ... Read More

Tyler Myers

Tyler is a Commercial Drone Pilot for his own small business and an Engineering Manager for a defense contractor where ... Read More

Bruce Mylrea

Bruce Mylrea has a BA in Economics from the University of Florida and spent most of his career in marketing ... Read More

The Nikituks

Paul Nikituk was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2005, and lost his battle to the disease just 14 short ... Read More

Brian Nolen

Brian Nolen was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer when he was just 49 years old. In February of 2016, a ... Read More

Mike Nuttall

This prostate cancer survivor is a warrior who is raising awareness daily. He is doing everything he can to battle ... Read More
Bryce Olson

Bryce Olson

Bryce Olson is a 52-year-old Portland-based tech executive previously with Intel Corporation, a father of a 14-year old girl, a ... Read More

Bob Parker

Bob Parker was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004 after his family physician of that time told him prostate cancer ... Read More

Donald Paul

Donald Paul was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997, and underwent a radical prostatectomy to treat his disease. His PSA ... Read More

Johnny Payne

Johnny Payne is a seasoned prostate cancer advocate and educator. Diagnosed in 2001 in his mid-50s, Johnny was not being ... Read More

Shanita Perry

Shanita Perry’s grandfather was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1999, but even after a radical prostatectomy, the disease recurred in ... Read More

Ryan and Anna Pessah

Ryan — Chief Mustache Officer, Hops and Handlebars Ryan is passionate about helping others, especially those fighting prostate cancer. After ... Read More

David Phillips

After his uncle was diagnosed with prostate cancer in his 70s, David Phillips became aware of his need to be ... Read More

David Pieper

Ever since David Pieper’s father was diagnosed with prostate cancer nearly 20 years ago, he has been proactive and aware ... Read More

Lindsay Price

Lindsay Price’s father was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008. After initially keeping his cancer at bay, in 2012 ... Read More

Hallie Estrada and Randy John

Randy John was diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer in December of 2014. For his daughter Hallie, the hardest part is ... Read More

Peter L. Roberts

Fourteen years ago, Peter Roberts was given six months to live. He was fifty years old and had just been ... Read More

Gregory Robertson

In 2008 Gregory Robertson made his first appointment with a urologist. He had a few issues with his insurance and ... Read More

Chas Rodgers

Chas Rodgers was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer in April 2013 on his 45th birthday. That same year, he ... Read More

Mike Rotz

Mike Rotz always knew he had to be tested for prostate cancer. Having lost his grandfather and two great uncles ... Read More

Mical J. Roy

Mical is a Community Engagement Manager for a Health Marketing Agency, managing Prostate Cancer educational initiatives, nationally. Prior to this ... Read More