That's because Hileman is a prostate cancer survivor. He plans to participate in the 7th Annual ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk on June 2 at Advanced Urology Associates in Joliet.
Hileman wants the community to join him in raising awareness, even if prostate cancer hasn't touched their lives.
"[Prostate cancer] is in no shape, form or fashion as readily recognized as women and breast cancer," Hileman said. "At the end of the day, it's a more survivable cancer and it's more slow-growing, but once they squash it, it can come back."
According to a news release from ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer, more than 6,300 men in Illinois will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year. Funds raised at the June 2 event will go toward education, research for new treatments and patient support resources, the release also said.
Because Hileman pursues a healthy lifestyle, he wasn't surprised that his prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level and digital rectal exam – both screening tools for detecting prostate cancer – were normal at his 2013 physical.
So Hileman was shocked when he experienced rectal bleedingin February 2014. Hileman said he went to his proctologist who said, "You have an assymetrical prostate."
"That was his way of saying, 'Hey, there's something wrong with your prostate," Hileman said.
Hileman returned to his primary care physician. His PSA was now 4.9 and Hileman's primary could feel the change in Hileman's prostate, too. Hileman said he had a biopsy in April and his prostate removed in June.
He did not take the news well.
"I pretty much shut down," Hileman said. "It put me in a place I did not want to be."
Cancer was the culmination of several challenging months: his father's health issues, a lingering respiratory infection, a stressful job, the bleeding. Hileman's grandfather had prostate cancer, so Hileman did have family history, but "he was close to 90 when they diagnosed him," Hileman said.
Hileman's cancer surgery went well, but Hileman's struggles weren't done. The opiates prescribed for pain "shut down my intestinal tract," he said.
"I had the operation on a Tuesday, got out Wednesday and was back Saturday night to Sunday morning," Hileman said.