Santa Cruz County

Prostate Cancer Support Group

Cape Crusader - How local comic store owner Joe Ferrara started an international Marvel campaign of

Eleven years ago, Joe Ferrara was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He'd decided to get checked when two friends walked into his comic shop, Atlantis Fantasyworld on Cedar Street, within one week of each other and told him that they'd been diagnosed with the cancer. Both had felt completely healthy and hadn't noticed any symptoms. One friend survived, the other didn't. Before he died, Ferrara's friend came into the store one last time. "He was angry. He was just so angry because he felt that his doctor let him down, that his doctor didn't educate him, that if he'd gotten a hold of this early enough, he would have survived," says Ferrara. "I saw this man so angry and so frustrated at the end of