Statistics have shown that African Americans are at an increased risk for prostate cancer. In fact, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Black American men are 76 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than Caucasian men and 2.2 times more likely to die from the disease. (https://www.pcf.org/
Dr. Clayton Lawrence, founder, president and CEO of Lawrence Executive Alliance of Professionals (LEAP), LLC, and LEAP Foundation DC, understands these statistics all too well. His father passed away from prostate cancer a few years ago and since that time, he has served as an advocate for organizations working hard to find a cure for this and other types of cancer.
“As an African American male who is in the medical profession, I know the statistics and I understand the importance of early detection, but many do not,” Dr. Lawrence said. “Unfortunately, those who aren’t knowledgeable about the disease, don’t visit their doctors regularly and don’t complete their regular screenings often receive a diagnosis when little can be done. I want to help change that.”
As part of his efforts to raise awareness, the endurance athlete will take part in the American Association for Cancer Research Philadelphia Marathon this Sunday, November 24, 2019, which raises funds for and informs the public about an organization that “brings together the greatest minds in cancer science to defeat ALL types of cancer (https://www.philadelphiamarathon.com/
“I am serious about my own health and running has been a way to keep myself in top shape, while also serving as a positive example for LEAP’s youth mentees who often have limited resources,” Dr. Lawrence said. “My purpose is to help young African American males recognize the importance of regular exercise, eating properly, becoming knowledgeable about the risk of various diseases and family history, and to understand that they are in control of their ability to lead healthy, productive lives.”
An incredible 88 cents from every dollar raised for the marathon will go toward supporting lifesaving cancer research. Should you wish to make a donation to the fundraising page of Dr. Lawrence, please visit https://runsignup.com/