Nearly ten years ago, Sherry Galloway’s son Jeremy lost his battle with advanced metastatic disease at the young age of 36, after 18 long months fighting the disease. This was not Sherry’s first experience with prostate cancer – her husband had previously been diagnosed in his early 50s. When Jeremy initially experienced hip and bone pain, his doctors didn’t consider prostate cancer as the cause because he was so young. When he was finally given a PSA test, it came back at one hundred times more than the average suspicious level: PSA at 441.
During the period of her son’s illness, Sherry became involved with ZERO, frequently contacting the organization for their support and resources. In 2010, Sherry became a ZERO board member after attending the annual Summit in Washington, DC and testifying in front of the budget committee at the Department of Defense about the need for better diagnostics and treatment.
One year later in 2011, Sherry organized the first Jeremy Paster Memorial ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in her home city of Albuquerque, NM. Her determination to raise awareness and funds for a cause so close to her heart has made a significant impact: she built “Team Jeremy” at various ZERO races around the U.S., and more than $10,000 has been raised for the Jeremy Paster Memorial Research Grant. The funds are donated in Jeremy’s memory to research programs within the Prostate Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense, focusing on cutting edge research for screening and early detection to help men like her son.
It is my hope that going forward no more men are diagnosed too late for treatment and no other parents, children, partners, or friends have to grieve the loss of their loved one to prostate cancer.