My name is Steve Hentzen and I am a prostate cancer survivor of 6 years. Early on in my challenging journey with prostate cancer, a local support group became the foundation of my support network and made it possible for me to cope with prostate cancer. At the time I was diagnosed, I was a 46 year-old single parent with a 12 year-old son and I needed all the emotional support I could get. I met some amazing guys in this support group and we became fast friends. We were a bunch of guys who sat around and talked about everything, whether or not it was cancer related, and our support group was our safe haven.
A few years ago, my friends and I co-founded the Prostate Network as a local, grassroots organization for prostate cancer survivors, their partners, and those helping in the fight to raise awareness and spread hope. Over the years, we’ve given support to hundreds of men and their families and helped many others by spreading awareness about early detection and prevention.
A lot of this disease is out of your control, but you can work to stack the deck in your favor — eat right, exercise, and do what you need to do to maintain mental wellness. Another way to stack the deck is to add powerful tools to your cancer toolbox. A few months ago, I connected with the team at Driver , a first-in-kind treatment access platform for cancer patients and is partnered with 30+ of the top cancer centers in the U.S., including the National Cancer Institute. They absolutely blew me away with how they are transforming cancer patients’ lives and I immediately wanted to get involved. So, I made sure that Prostate Network and Driver quickly became partners. Driver is an incredibly powerful tool that every cancer patient needs in their toolbox!
All prostate cancer patients and survivors NEED Driver!
Fellas, I want everyone in our community to have Driver in their cancer toolbox. WE ALL NEED IT! The first step is for me to get Driver! I am launching this GoFundMe campaign to inspire other prostate cancer patients and their loved ones to join me in getting Driver.
Let’s stack the deck together!
We are in this together! I need two things from you: 1) I need you to help to reach my campaign goal, so I can get Driver, and 2) I need you to launch a GoFundMe campaign to get Driver for yourself, a friend or a loved one! Driver is here to help you set up your GoFundMe campaign and will even contribute the first $100 to your campaign to get you started. So, call [phone redacted] and someone on their superstar team will answer all of your questions and help you join their platform!
Have you been treated for cancer in the past and want to ensure that you’re receiving the very best follow-up care? And do you want to ensure that you have all the best treatment options at your fingertips in case your cancer ever comes back? I sure do.
The first step to taking control of your cancer care is taking control of your information! Your records and tumor sample are locked away in some hospital, but the first thing that happens when you join Driver is that they liberate your records and sample for you and put them under your control. Driver then works with you to create a personalized survivorship plan that meets the most current guidelines. Are you confident that you are getting the most updated follow-up care? The reality is that a cancer diagnosis never ends, and it is an outrage that so few American cancer patients and survivors actually receive adequate survivorship care. Talk about stacking the deck!
Or, if you’ve been recently diagnosed or are currently receiving treatment, don’t you want to ensure that you know ALL of your treatment options?
How crazy is it that you’re only aware of the treatments your doctor tells you about?! You have no idea what else is out there and in no other scenario in your life would you settle for that. This lack of access is “normal” when you have cancer, but not when you buy a book on Amazon, or a meal on Grubhub, or a book a room on Airbnb. Driver’s flagship product is Hyperdrive, AND I WISH I had this when I was sick! Hyperdrive simultaneously evaluates you for treatment at over 30 of the best cancer centers in the world (as if you’ve traveled to each hospital and met every doctor there!). Driver uses your comprehensive medical history and molecular profile to determine your eligibility for clinical trials at their partner cancer centers (check out the map of their partners – they have everyone!).
Once you've chosen a treatment and a cancer center to pursue, Driver gets an appointment for you and delivers a complete dossier of your profile to that center. And, if you ever need additional treatment options, they will match you for life. This is truly transformative for me, for you and for every cancer patient and survivor in the world. The fear that there’s something out there that you don’t know about is A THING OF THE PAST!
Where do the funds go?
Supporting each other is the first step in making a real difference! No one can do this alone.
This campaign funds credit for my Driver account and will cover the cost of my membership and five years of monthly dues ($495 + $30/month) and Hyperdrive is included at no additional cost (a value of $6,000) after I’ve been a member for 12 months. Also, after joining Driver, I’ll have exclusive access to Driver ON, a service that connects you over video to the best experts in the world (talk about the future!). 100% of everything raised above my goal will be used to help others in the Prostate Network community get Driver!
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