Suzanne Schlernitzauer’s brother Terry was diagnosed with prostate cancer when he was 59 years old. After undergoing cyber knife therapy, they thought they had the cancer beat. In 2013, they discovered that Terry’s cancer had returned, and this time with bone metastases. That same year, Susie – who has been in the medical profession for 40 years – found ZERO and was introduced to the local Run/Walk in Miami.
Her mission then became clear: she would fight for the day when men like her brother would not suffer from a terrible disease. She took the next step and became an advocate with ZERO to help spread awareness and educate men about prostate cancer. She represents ZERO at local health fairs and sporting events, spreading awareness in her community at every opportunity. Each year she is involved in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk in Miami, doing everything from fundraising to recruiting teams, to helping plan and execute to spreading the word about the event locally.
I believe in the importance of education and awareness so that other families don’t have to go through what my family is now. ZERO has excellent tools for patients, caregivers, and loved ones to use to help spread prostate cancer awareness, including the Run/Walk.
Her passion for ending prostate cancer is boundless and she is committed to helping others find the resources they need to make educated and informed decisions about their care. Susie’s brother is still in treatment for his disease, and she helps him daily in his battle. She strives to see the day in her lifetime when there is no such thing as prostate cancer, and she’s in it for the fight of his life.
When my brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I learned a very valuable lesson: life is precious. This experience brought that to light, and I’m not ready to lose him, so I’m in for the fight of his life.
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