Enrique Batres was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in 2012. In April 2014, his son, Juan, and their family received devastating news: Enrique’s cancer had spread and there were no further treatment options to pursue.
After a lengthy, courageous battle with the disease, Enrique passed away in May of 2014 at the age of 66. Just one month later, Juan got involved with ZERO at the recommendation of a friend.
2014 was the first ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk Juan and his wife would attend, but it wouldn’t be the last. In the months following the race, Juan became even more involved with ZERO. After educating himself further about the disease as well as the current research, he began to distribute as much information as he could in his community and through social media. Juan has also discussed testing with his doctor, as family history is a significant risk factor for the disease.
Since I got involved in that first race, I have been doing my best to share information and learn as much as I can about the disease and those it affects.
Juan wears his ZERO wristband with pride, and as a number one reminder of what we are fighting for. He continues to support the fight to end prostate cancer on social media as an official ZERO Social Media Ambassador, and has supported the Long Beach race for the last few years, bringing more family out each year as they run/walk to find a cure for prostate cancer.
I proudly wear my ZERO wristband as a reminder of what – and whom – we’re fighting for, and this year my goal is to continue to educate, encourage screening, and raise funds for further research that will hopefully lead to an end to this disease.