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George Hopkins

When George Hopkins went in for his routine physical in 2012, he did not expect to find out he had prostate cancer. But still the diagnosis came: he had Stage IV disease. He was 60 years old. A range of treatments followed, from Lupron shots to chemotherapy to radiation, and George returned to his doctor for a check-up every three months for four years.

In March of 2016, George discovered that his cancer had metastasized to the bones of his hips and legs. His fight continued with chemotherapy treatments for another 18 weeks, and now he is on a three-month schedule with his doctor to monitor his disease. In sharing his story, George articulates the need for a positive attitude when battling the disease, as he’s been able to maintain during his fight.

Check-ups are critical to early detection and beating prostate cancer. Staying positive mentally is also an important factor.

At this year’s San Diego Run/Walk, his team of 22 King George’s Cancer Slayers raised over $6,000 and brought with them crowns, custom shirts, and a mini rickshaw to cart “King George” along the course!