One month shy of his 66th birthday, Dan Wagoner got a diagnosis no man wants to hear: he had prostate cancer. Dan was aware of his risk, and had been getting tested at his annual check ups for years. His father had also been diagnosed with the disease at age 80, along with two of his brothers-in-law.
After his surgery in July of 2016, Dan was back to work within one month. Now a year post surgery, Dan’s PSA is still undetectable and he’s back to his old fighting form.
I credit my success at beating prostate cancer to prayer, my family’s support, early detection, and the care and expertise of my medical team.
After learning of the ZERO Run/Walk on a visit to Urology of Virginia, Dan decided he wanted to do more to spread the word about prostate cancer awareness. He understands the importance of ensuring local men are aware of their risk, and vows to do all he can to help educate as many men as possible. He serves as the mission speaker at the 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Hampton Roads, and will bring out a team of friends and family.
I’m thankful for catching my cancer when I did, and for events like the Run/Walk to help spread awareness. We need to make prostate cancer a national priority and races like ZERO’s do that, all while raising much-needed awareness and funds.