By Lynn Jones-Turpin – The Protalks (Prostate Research Options, Outreach and Opportunities) cancer awareness team continues to stay on the frontline to bring awareness to African American men the importance of early prostate cancer detection. This past weekend Protalks held a prostate cancer awareness day and ‘sidewalk-walk’ through the urban core from the American Legion Post 197 located on Benedict Rd. Hundreds of runners came out to support the walk for a day of cancer awareness initiatives from speakers, vendors and supporters. Male participants also had the opportunity to register and complete the Mayo Clinic Minority Prostate Cancer (MiCAP) Prostate Health Research Survey form. Black male participants ages 35 – 70 completed a survey and watched a video detailing options to become more receptive to scheduling personal prostate screenings. Male participants were compensated with a $30 gift card for their time and consideration. Speakers included Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Centers Urologist/Oncologist Dr. Barrett McCormick. “We can change the trajectory for African American men especially when it comes to early detection and family history,” said McCormick. Dr. McCormick also took time to for a Q&A session and met privately with male attendees to answer personal questions. The Johnson Family YMCA served as the water cooler/restroom stop, while Congressman Al Lawson Rep Tony Hill led the walkers on the route for a record time completion. Culminating the events activities was line dancing, a hot dog stand, Florida Blue healthcare options and initiatives tent and assistance from grant awardees The University of Florida Cares 2 Team. Protalks next sponsored event is their Breast Cancer Awareness/Farmshare Day scheduled for Saturday, October 23rd, 9 – 3 p.m., inside the American Legion Post 197, 2179 Benedict Rd. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.