He was first diagnosed in 2002. With a normal PSA and DRE, Charlie initially had no indication of the disease and was blindsided by his diagnosis. Thanks to a doctor who championed his case, Charlie looked for a second opinion, which resulted in a positive biopsy. He had surgery shortly after.
A few years later, he and his doctors discovered that his cancer had returned, likely due to microscopic metastases that were initially undetectable. Now Charlie, who also battles Lymphoma, doesn’t consider himself a prostate cancer survivor: he’s a prostate cancer warrior.
Knowledge, faith, and early detection matter most when it comes to prostate cancer.
In 2007 he co-founded the Hampton Roads Prostate Health Forum, a nonprofit dedicated to providing men and families with necessary information about prostate cancer, awareness, and early detection. By teaming up with the ZERO Run/Walk in Virginia Beach and Urology of Virginia – where he is a patient – Charlie helps to increase awareness of the disease in the Hampton Roads area.
When I was diagnosed, I did all the research I could. I now dedicate my life to ensuring that men and their families are as informed as they can be on the disease and the importance of early detection.
Events like ZERO’s Run/Walk series provide an important platform for reaching men and families, as well as more people who may have never heard or considered their risk for prostate cancer. Charlie is a strong advocate for these events because the awareness they bring is vital. He’s determined to ensure all men have the knowledge they need to be prostate cancer warriors themselves.