Recognition for Special Actions
In almost every Western military organization during the 18th and 19th centuries, military personnel who performed some especially noteworthy action were honored by being ‘mentioned in dispatches’ back to the home country.
Having served a career in the US Army, I’m going to adopt this practice from this point onward in my campaign against prostate cancer.
There are a number of people I need to mention, but the first mention goes to Russ Dulaney, owner of Petersen Motors (Harley-Davidson) in Pierre, South Dakota.
I stopped by Russ’s dealership to have the oil changed on my Low Rider and to talk with him about getting the prostate cancer awareness message to his HOG chapter. We had a great talk and I learned that four members of his group were dealing with prostate cancer and they had an awareness program running. Grass roots programs like this are critical to early detection.
Later that evening, Russ slipped by the motel that I was staying at and paid the bill. I only learned this when I checked out the next morning.
Stacy and His Son
A special mention to “Stacy” in Sioux Falls, who saw the sign on the back of the motorcycle and stopped to talk and donate $20.00 for gas to support the trip. Stacy is in the health care industry and simply wanted to support prostate cancer awareness.
Dean made room in his busy schedule to take a ‘walk in’ story pitch and then took it to his editors. Although the editorial staff elected not to pursue the story, it is people like Dean that eventually will enable us to get men testing and tracking. Thanks, Dean.