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Miguel Buddle

When Miguel Buddle was serving in the Army in 1996, an annual physical revealed a nodule on the back of his prostate. For many years, Miguel’s doctors monitored the nodule for changes. Though his PSA periodically went up a small amount, it was never cause for concern for his doctor.

Until last year, when Miguel’s PSA went from a 4 to a 6.7. He was referred to Potomac Urology, where he met with Dr. Nilay Ghandi, one of the co-hosts of the ZERO Run/Walk – Capital Area. After a few rounds of testing, Miguel was diagnosed with Gleason 8 prostate cancer. Given the choice between surgery and radiation, Miguel sought a second opinion, spoke to two different radiation oncologists, and eventually decided on surgery.

Having a team behind me – including my medical team, and the helpful support group I attended – made it more manageable, made it something I can understand.

One week after surgery Miguel was informed that his cancer had been contained within the prostate, and that he was cancer free. Just a few weeks post-surgery, Miguel shared his story at ZERO’s DC Run/Walk in front of hundreds of men and their families. Miguel has encouraged friends to share their prostate cancer journeys alongside him. He knows that the more men share their stories – at events like the Run/Walk and beyond – the more awareness grows and the closer we’ll get to ending the disease for good.

It was heartwarming. The race is important because it embraces men who have had, or who are currently battling, prostate cancer. But it also embraces their families, as well as other young people supporting a man fighting the disease. The race gives people a chance to get educated and it gave me the opportunity to meet people who are connected to the disease. It makes awareness of prostate cancer much more widespread.