Over a period of several years, Doodle Pate had two biopsies which came back negative. Tired of the process, he told my doctor he was not going to have another one done.
Because his PSA numbers continued to rise, Pate’s doctor insisted he should have this one just for a safety measure. In May, 2002, he received the news that this one was positive – that he did have prostate cancer.
“I first turned to the Lord for help and after much prayer and thought, I made my decision,” said Pate. “I called Margueritte Critz who got me an appointment with her son, Dr. Frank Critz, medical director for the Radiotherapy of Georgia.
“Dr. Critz treated me with seed implants and radiation. This has been five and one-half years. For the past three years, my PSA has shown me to be clear of cancer.
“I think Relay for Life is a wonderful thing that makes people aware of the necessity and importance of having screenings done for cancer,” he continued. “I would like to encourage everyone to help the Relay for Life teams with donations as they raise funds to help fight cancer. Pray for cancer survivors and those who are currently fighting.”