Saturday, October 29, 2011

Happy Holiday's!

During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces, in the US and around the world. With their Mo’s, these men raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.

On Movember 1st, guys register at with a clean-shaven face. For the rest of the month, these selfless and generous men, known as Mo Bros, groom, trim and wax their way into the annals of fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives, Mo Sistas, Movember Mo Bros raise funds by seeking out sponsorship for their Mo-growing efforts.

Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Twin Cities Dash For Dad 2011

We had a chilly, but enormously successful race at this years Zero-Dash For Dad 5k Race/Walk.
Over 300 racers, ran and walked in support of prostate cancer awareness, to honor those who's lives have been lost to this disease, and celebrate those who have beaten and continue the battle of the highest diagnosed cancer among men.
Our national sponsor-The Hartford, presented our Twin Cities race with a $10,000 check!
Our Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition had an information booth, and my sweet and fabulous assistant/daughter Jasmine, helped from set-up to tear down-this is her 4th race!

Below, I am pictured with Agosto Perez, who has had three bouts with a rare form of cancer, which have resulted in dis articulation of his left hip and the loss of most of his quadricep muscle. He works closely with The Hartford, a founding partner of U.S. Paralympics, helping to positively change public attitudes and perceptions about disability.

Pictured with 3 members of the MNPCC Executive Board and The Hartford Stag.

African American prostate Cancer Disparity Summit 2011

This years PHEN (Prostate Health Education Network) Summit was wonderful! 

PHEN's primary mission is to increase prostate health education and awareness among the men at highest risk for prostate cancer in the United States, African Americans. Saving lives through early detection and eliminating the African American prostate cancer disparity is PHEN's education and awareness goal. PHEN's mission also includes efforts to increase the overall support and resources to wage a war on prostate cancer that will eventually lead to a cure for the disease.

I am grateful to Mr. Tom Farrington, Founder and President of PHEN, for the invitation to attend this year's Summit, and look forward to our organizations working together in the future to create awareness.

Pints For Prostates-Arlington, Virgina

I had a great time supporting the Pints For Prostates organization while in Virgina.  Let's face it, men have a tough time talking about their prostates (even with their doctors), and I think this is an awesome approach to open dialogue!

Pints for Prostates is a grassroots campaign that uses the universal language of beer to reach men with an important health message. Founded by prostate cancer survivor Rick Lyke in 2008, the campaign raises awareness among men about the need for regular health screenings and PSA testing by making appearances at beer festivals, social networking and pro bono advertising.
Pints for Prostates has registered as a 501(c)3 charity and 100% of all funds raised by the group go to fighting prostate cancer and assisting men with the disease.
Pictured with event hostess, Brhea Koneman, daughter of Pints For Prostates Founder and prostate cancer survivor, Rick Lyke.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Zero-Summit to End Prostate Cancer 2011

What a week-this year's Summit was the best ever!  I enjoyed "catching up" with my fellow Prostate Cancer advocates from around the country, establishing relationships with new participants and learning about new treatment options, and protocols coming to market soon.   The future looks bright, and being my dad is still not cancer-free, I seek as much knowledge as I can of emerging technologies and drug-protocols.

The Summit offered FANTASTIC speakers and I had the privilege to have  great conversations with Senator Klobuchar, staff members from Senator Al  Franken and Congressman, Eric Paulson's offices.  There's significant legislation we are seeking to maintain in these challenging economic times, and these one-on-one meetings provide rare opportunities to spread awareness and secure support for desperately needed funding for Prostate Cancer.
Pictured with my United States Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Senator Klobuchar's father is a Prostate Cancer survivor.

 I had the opportunity to tour her lovely office, after enjoying breakfast hosted by Senator Klobuchar.
I met with Melissa Safford, Legislative Aide to US Senator, Al Franken.  We met last year during my legislative visit and had a nice conversation, highlighting issues we hope to gain Senator Franken's support.

My dear friend Sherry Galloway, who's only child/son Jeremy, was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer at age 34, and lost a horrific battle with the disease at age 36.  There's no family history of this disease in Sherry's family, and Jeremy was in "prime" physical condition prior to diagnosis.  This is compelling evidence that Prostate Cancer is NOT an "old man's disease", as many refer to it as, and even men in good physical health are at risk.
Timely detection is "key", and men need to have annual physicals, including Prostate Cancer Screenings , beginning at age 40
(age 35, if there is family history).

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Zero-Summit To End Prostate Cancer Washington, D.C.

"EXCITED", is the word which best describes how I feel as I prepare for this year's Zero Summit!  I owe much gratitude to my national partner, Zero-The Project To End Prostate Cancer, for once again providing me with this amazingly opportunity to represent MN and our advocacy efforts.  This year, I have the honor of having breakfast with Senator Amy Klobuchar, giving me a wonderful opportunity to inform her of upcoming & current-critical legislation, and talk about our dad's and their battles with Prostate Cancer.  
I have a feeling this maybe a highlight of my week!  I will be posting each day, so check back!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

89.9 FM-KMOJ radio show guest

I am so happy to be a guest on the "Know Your Options" health segment tonight!  We will be talking about Minnesota men and their prostates, the importance of yearly physicals-including prostate cancer screenings, and healthy eating and exercise habits.
And celebrating WOMEN and the important role we play in giving that gentle nudge, and in some cases the forceful PUSH, our men may need to have the screening.  It's crucial for us to become educated about prostate cancer, as we are care-givers to our men, which is, in my opinion-what we do best!
Please tune in!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit 2011-Washington, D.C.

I am looking forward to attending the "Seventh Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit"event, in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Prostate Health Education Network, Inc. (PHEN).
This year's theme is "Saving Lives: Strategies for Eliminating the African American Prostate Cancer Disparity." The Summit will kick-off on Sept. 22 at the U. S. Capitol and continue on Sept. 23 at the Washington Convention Center, where Congressman Gregory Meeks (NY) will host the event as an official part of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Annual Legislative Conference.

There is much work to be done to increase awareness among the African American communities across the country, as well as gain momentum and a sense of urgency among the African American male population.

*1 in 3 African American men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in their lifetime-which is twice the rate of Caucasian men. 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month-Presidential Proclamation

Please "click" on the ribbon above to view the press release of the Proclamation from President Obama.  This recognition and support by our government is vital in our pursuit of education and advocacy among all U.S. citizens.  
"Thank You, Mr. President"

Zero's-Drive Against Prostate Cancer


It was a Great Day At The Fair-volunteering for Zero's-'The Drive', with the U of M Physicians Institute For Prostate and Urologic Cancers!  
I love this program at the U, as the doctors, nurses and volunteer staff are the reason my dad is still alive today.
I had a wonderful time registering men for screenings, while sharing my connection with this deadly disease.  
I am so thankful for the MANY women who gave their men a gentle nudge, and in some cases, a forceful PUSH-to have the screening.   

 Over 600 men received a FREE Prostate Cancer screening at the MN State Fair this year!  

Free Testing: The Drive Against Prostate Cancer

It’s free. No Appointments. No insurance needed. Snacks! And it features a big flat screen TV with satellite cable and leather chairs to watch the big game while you wait. It’s the way every doctor’s office ought to be!

ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer understands that busy schedules make it hard to fit in regular doctor visits, but early detection is critical. That’s why we offer the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, the only nationwide mobile prostate cancer-testing program. The Drive tours from coast to coast and border to border to offer FREE prostate cancer testing.

More than 110,000 men have been tested since 2002, saving more than 7,000 lives by alerting men with abnormal test results to go see their doctor.

Help Us Double the Drive

In celebrating a decade of saving lives, a charitable foundation has challenged us to double the number of men that we screen. They will match dollar for dollar, up to $1,000,000, all donations made towards dramatically expanding the most successful prostate cancer testing campaign in America. This is your chance to show America your commitment to ending prostate cancer through early detection!

U of M Tubby Smith Urges Men to be Screened for Prostate Cancer

U of M Men's Basetball Coach and Prostate Cancer Survivor-Tubby Smith,  spent time at our Drive event to encourage men to get screened and shared his personal experience with Prostate Cancer.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition Charity Golf Tournament

We had THE most AMAZING event!  Almost 100 golfers gathered for the Jersey's Bar & Grill Charity Golf Tournament, benefiting our fabulous MN Prostate Cancer Coalition!  
We are so grateful to all who participated in sponsorship and support of Our Mission To Save Men's Lives!
Please take a few moments to view a fun video of some of the day's events!  
Please keep in mind, I've only golfed twice in my life-and it's been 20 years since I last played!  What I lack in skill, I made up for in my ability to laugh at myself and have a ball!

Most sincere Thanks and Appreciation to the event coordinators, Nicholas Goers and Melissa Paulas-owners of The G Group, as well as Shelley & Bill Ashton, owners of Jersey's Bar & Grill, for their incredible hard work in creating a wonderfully organized and fun event!  
Sincere Thanks to all sponsors for your immense generosity and support and the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders for their participation!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Light The White House BLUE

                    September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 

And we are asking President Obama to light the White House "blue" to acknowledge and support our nationwide efforts of prostate cancer awareness.

Below, is a letter our fiends at have submitted.  Please "click" on the link above to add your name to our support list-Thank you!

Dear Mr President: Please Light the White House Blue for One Evening During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, September, 2011 

Prostate Cancer affects the lives of millions of Americans.  Whether by diagnosis, treatment costs, lost work and family hours and, even death, prostate cancer resonates pain throughout our nation, every minute of every day. Lighting the White House blue for one night during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month September 2011 will raise Prostate Cancer awareness by asking all Americans to consider Prostate Cancer’s impact on our country.  Lighting the White House blue might even get some guys to think about going to see their doctors and ask about Prostate Cancer testing.

Mr. President, please light the White House blue to honor the more than 300,000 American men who have died from prostate cancer in the past decade; for the more than 218,000 new cases that will be diagnosed this year; for the 32,000 men in the U.S. who will die from it this year; for African-American men who are 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 2.4 times more likely to die from it and for the nearly 2.5 million American men and their families who are currently challenged by this cancer.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Jersey's Annual Charity Golf Tournament-benefitting our MN Prostate Cancer Coalition!

                                      HOW EXCITING!  
Our coalition has been selected as recipient of the annual charitable event proceeds from this years golf event! 

Enormous appreciation to "The G Group", co-owners-Nicholas Goers and Melissa Paulus and Jersey's Bar & Grill owners, Bill & Shelley Ashton!
As President of the MN Prostate Cancer Coalition, I have so much gratitude for these wonderful individuals for their incredible generosity, helping us to raise much needed awareness of prostate cancer within our state, believing in us and our mission of Saving Men's Lives!

This promises to be a fabulously fun event-please join us!  

"Click" on the image above for 4-person team and Jersey's Bar & Grill information.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Relay For Life 2011-Blaine, MN

                                      What An Event!  
This year was an enormously successful event, with more than 20 teams raising over $60,000! 
Our family had a fabulous team and the kids walked until 2AM!  As Team Captain, I am grateful for those who donated and supported us this year-my sisters and I are already planning for 2012!
                                  THANK YOU SO MUCH!
        My Dad and 4 of his grandchildren during Survivor Lap

                               WE DO THIS FOR YOU DAD!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

MN Dash For Dad 5K Race & Walk 2011

With September being National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, I can't think of any better way to highlight the premier men's health issue affecting Minnesota today, than to have not one, but two, Dash For Dad Races in our state!
Along with the city of Minneapolis, St. Cloud will also host a Hartford Dash For Dad 5K Race & Walk.
This represents the growth of our Prostate Cancer awareness message, allowing us to reach and educate more men and women across our great state, as well as raising much needed research dollars for a cure for Prostate Cancer.

Join us September 17th, in St. Cloud and September 24th, in Minneapolis, for our annual races to promote Prostate Cancer Awareness, Honor the thousands of men who have lost their fight, Support and Celebrate those who continue the battle and have been blessed to have beaten Prostate Cancer.

The DASH FOR DAD is part of a national initiative designed to raise funds for prostate cancer research and community awareness. The race is part of the Great Prostate Cancer Challenge®, America’s Premier Men’s Health Event Series, taking place in 27 cities in 2011.
This will be another GREAT race this year and I can't wait to see you there!

"Click" on the city below for the MN race link and information.
Adult & Pediatric Urology, Northwest Professional Center
2351 Connecticut Ave S
Sartell, MN 56377
Minneapolis Race
Father Hennepin Park
420 Main St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Saturday, July 2, 2011

independence day 2011

Wishing you and yours a wonderful and safe 4th of July holiday weekend!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

free prostate cancer screenings at the "great mn get-together!

                             August 29th-September 2nd
The Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers (U of M) is partnering with Zero-The Project to End Prostate Cancer, to offer a FREE prostate cancer screening to men to help drive awareness.
The "Drive Bus" will be parked next to the U of M Building on the Fairgrounds, where all men are welcomed to get screened-whether they have insurance or not.
*There are NO out of pocket fees to participate.  
The screening will include a PSA blood test (Prostate Specific Antigen Test) and DRE (Digital Rectal Exam).   Participants will be notified of exam results a few weeks after screening date.  
This is an incredible opportunity for all men to take advantage of, which requires a small amount of time spent, to potentially SAVE LIVES!   

I hope to see you there!     

Saturday, June 18, 2011

American cancer society- 2011 relay for life

Please "click" on the logo above to help support me and my Relay For Life Team!  I am so excited for this year's event, as our kids will be participating, as well as my parents, sisters and their families.
We will walk all night, in honor of our loved ones lost and those who continue the brave fight against Cancer.  
We look forward to help celebrate with those who have beaten this disease, with hopes of someday-knowing what that feels like!

There are Relay For Life events all around the state of MN.
There's bound to be one near you-so join in!

Thank you for your support!

The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge®-Minneapolis

My son, Drake and I were invited to have a tour of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge®this week.  
There, we were able to experience the amazing facility which is offered to cancer patients undergoing life-saving treatments at NO CHARGE!  

Over 23,000 people across Minnesota are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of these patients often spend weeks or months away from home while undergoing required lifesaving treatment at cancer centers in the Twin Cities area. 
In December 2007, The Richard M. Schulze Family American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® opened its doors and became the 25th Hope Lodge and the 2nd Hope Lodge in Minnesota.

The construction of the Hope lodge has been a community effort with a $5 million challenge grant donation from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, which was matched with another $5 million from individual donations. The land was provided by the University of Minnesota through the Minnesota Medical Foundation and the University’s Cancer Center.


Monday, June 13, 2011

men's health week 2011

This week is National Men's Health Week, which was created by Congress in 1994 to raise the awareness of the health threats uniquely facing men.
Ladies, make some time this week to talk to the special men in your life about Prostate Cancer. Encourage yearly physicals, including a Prostate Cancer Screening for those 45 and older.  
         WE really can make a difference to those we love!

To my wonderful dad who's influenced many aspirations of mine, and terrific husband, Willie-the greatest Blessing (along with Drake & Jas, of course!)I've received from God , I am truly a blessed woman indeed-
I love you!

Friday, May 13, 2011

National Man Day - June 15, 2011

Be a Man to End Prostate Cancer

Being a man also means being healthy and knowing your risks about prostate cancer. So while you are chopping wood, hosting a poker night or going four-wheeling, register your activity to raise funds for prostate cancer early detection programs and research for a cure.

One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetimes! Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of male cancer death, killing a man every 18 minutes. Yet, there is hope: 99 percent survive when it's caught early.

Proceeds raised by National Man Day activities will support ZERO — The Project to End Prostate Cancer and its mission to end prostate cancer through awareness, outreach, advocacy and research. ZERO operates the Drive Against Prostate Cancer—the only national mobile testing program for the disease. Since the Drive began in 2002, ZERO has tested more than 110,000 men and saved an estimated 11,000 lives through early detection. ZERO has also worked to infuse more than $2 billion of new federal funding for prostate cancer research to find a cure.

Your Benefits for Registering Event

  • Your own personal fundraising website
  • Fundraising advice and support up to, during and after National Man Day
  • A National Man Day t-shirt
  • The opportunity to make your MAN goals a reality
Register Now for National Man Day For more about National Man Day, visit

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Prostate Cancer Research Program

Help Protect Federal Research Funding
Contact Your Congressman by May 12
The Federal Government is the largest funder of prostate cancer research in the world. The most crucial piece of advancing new treatments is the Prostate Cancer Research Program at the Department of Defense. IT ONLY GETS FUNDED IF CONGRESS ADDS IT EACH YEAR. That’s where you come in! 
WE NEED YOU to write Congress before May 13! The DOD research program rushes new treatments from the science bench to the patient’s bedside. In the last six months, DOD funding has lead FDA approval of XGeva and Zytiga—two treatments helping late stage prostate cancer patients.
In this environment of government cuts, we need your voice heard on Capitol Hill to ensure that the program continues to receive critical funding to advance prostate cancer research. CLICK HERE to write your Congressman today!

Write Congress Today!

women's health week 2011

                                          IT'S OUR TIME!
National Women's Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health. The theme for 2011 is "It's Your Time." National Women's Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages them to take steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases. Those steps include:

  • Getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both, each week
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Visiting a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
  • Avoiding risky behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt
  • Paying attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress

Friday, April 29, 2011

Drive Against Prostate Cancer

                                             Friday, May 6th
Attention All Men!  Free Prostate Cancer Screenings available in the Minneapolis area-Please take advantage of this vital opportunity and tell all of your friends as well-see you there!

"Thank you" to our generous and supportive sponsors.  
                                   THIS is how we save lives! 

8:00AM-12:00PM                                                       1:30PM-5:30PM
Holy Rosary Church                                      Smiley's  Family Medicine Clinic
2424 18th Ave S                                                            2020 28th St E  
Minneapolis, MN  55404                                        Minneapolis, MN 55407 

Friday, April 22, 2011

May is Stroke Awareness Month

As an American Heart Association-Stroke Ambassador, I want to share some vital information with you;

Did you know that stroke is the No. 3 killer of Minnesotans and the No. 1 cause of serious long-term disabilities?  You may have known those scary statistics, but most Minnesotans do not.  Furthermore, 2 in 5 adults cannot identify any symptoms of a stroke.   

Thanks to Governor Dayton and Secretary of State Ritchie, more Minnesotans will be more aware of the risks and symptoms for stroke. 

The warnings signs of a stroke can include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause