With early detection for prostate cancer, more men are surviving it. But, even with early testing, for some it's too late.
"You know, people say... he was sick, you knew he was going to die, but I say he wasn't allowed to, it still wasn't OK that he did," Antonia Aitoro said.
It's been only three months since Antonia Aitoro's father died of prostate cancer. She also lost her grandfather, whom she's named after, to the disease. Her mother, Donna, is still in shock.
"Why do I have to have the two most important men in my life taken by this cruel disease? And it is a cruel disease," Donna Williams-Aitoro said.
Aitoro is trying to come to grips with losing her father at age 17.
"I had six years to prepare for his death, but the day it happened, I was still so astonished. I couldn't believe it. I just wish I had done so much more with him, and I think he's still here with me, and I think he knows that I feel that way," Antonia said.
"He was a good father, a good partner. I am going to miss him terribly. We were married for 35 years," Williams-Aitoro said.
A musician and a soccer ref, his severe back pain was attributed to his active life. Every year, his pain got worse.
"He was screaming, and I said 'Dad, what's going on? What's wrong?' And he said, 'My leg hurts so badly and I don't know why,'"Aitoro said.
The family chalked up the pain to arthritis and over activity from soccer officiating. By the time they diagnosed it as cancer, it was too late. His prostate-specific antigen test was not done yearly. No one ever thought it'd be the same thing that took his father.
Going forward, the family is now telling everyone to take advantage of preventative testing.
"Get the PSA test. It's important that this disease get nipped in the bud when it can," said Williams-Aitoro. "Just realize that there isn't always a tomorrow."