Jay Holmes, 2013 J. Sucato Award Winner

 Mrs. Ilde (Justin) Sucato and Jay Holmes

 

The Justin Sucato Award was created to recognize prostate cancer survivors dedicated to assisting or educating fellow survivors.

Often overlooked is the value of hospital visits to survivors after surgery. I did a few visits myself and I remember one case where a survivor was in tears when I came in, not because of me but because he realized that somebody outside his family cared.

This year’s Justin Sucato award goes to a survivor who decided to give something back after his own surgery. He has visited fellow survivors for more than 12 years. The candidate gives a great deal of his time to volunteer work in general. He now volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and has made numerous trips to New Orleans to help that community rebuild. He sees himself on equal footing with the rest of humanity and feeling blessed to be alive. He still visits prostate cancer patients twice a month. He is always extremely kind to the prostate cancer patients he visits and tells them, and those may be his own words, that losing their prostate “doesn’t have to cramp their style.” He reminds the patients that their live is full of meaning and joy post prostatectomy. He also invites the men to the support group at Baylor.

This year’s Justin Sucato Award goes to Jay Holmes.

By: Wolfram Blattner


2011 Award winner Mike Butler, pictured with Mr./Mrs. Anthony Sucato, Mrs. Ilde Sucato and Sheri Butler

2012 Award winner Jaren Smith
Dr. Dan Sucato, Mrs. Ilde Sucato, Wolfram Blattner

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