“I wanted to share my story to, frankly, save other men’s lives. I discovered that very few knew anything about [prostate cancer]. Even less had had the PSA test.”
– Wayne Sticha, 64, Founder of Ride for Dads
Over the summer, we shared two interviews with PatientLikeMe members conducted by our partner Patient Power: one with psoriasis patient Lissa and another with multiple sclerosis patient Marcia. Today, against the backdrop of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we’re pleased to present the latest Patient Power video interview with member Wayne Sticha, a prostate cancer survivor from Lindstrom, Minnesota.
Check out Wayne’s interview to learn about his prostate cancer experience as well as how he was inspired to found Ride for Dads, an annual benefit and awareness motorcycle ride now in its third year. What drives his passion for educating other men, who he says “tend to ignore the subtle signs of aging,” about prostate cancer? And what are his aspirations for this growing event? Hit “play” below to find out.
Wayne Sticha: Prostate Cancer Survivor Turned Advocate from Patient Power® on Vimeo.
Stay tuned for a post featuring one of Wayne’s photos from the 2012 Ride for Dads as well as the next installment of the Patient Power interview series.
- Filed Under: Conditions, Patient Experiences
- Tags: Awareness, benefit motorcycle ride, fundraising, men's health, patient activist, Patient Power, prostate cancer, prostate cancer survivor, PSA test, Ride for Dads, video interview, Wayne Sticha
“It’s only when you really get into the experience of being a patient with a life-changing illness, where you’re dealing with the uncertainty and the process, that you start to learn things. You start to learn that the experience you’re going through – the pain you’re suffering, or maybe a side effect or something that worked – will never benefit anyone else because no one’s writing it down.” – Jamie Heywood
Recently we’ve shared two great interviews conducted by our partner Patient Power: one with psoriasis patient Lissa and another with multiple sclerosis (MS) patient Marcia.
Today we’d like to share another interview conducted by the always thoughtful Andrew Schorr of Patient Power. This one features PatientsLikeMe Co-Founder and Chairman Jamie Heywood, and it delves into some very interesting questions about the concept of personalized medicine. Why are patients willing to share their data? Can the Internet expedite clinical discovery? What can patients contribute if they are considered full partners in the health care system? Find out that and more in this insightful discussion.