August 19, 2010
Prevention advocates come in all shapes and sizes. We recently learned about Lawrence McRae, founder of the McRae Prostate Cancer Awareness Foundation, featured on NBC’s Today Show earlier this week in a segment called “Your Life Calling with Jane Pauley.” The piece focused on McRae’s mission to generate awareness about prostate cancer and encourage regular screening, especially among African-American men.
This self-proclaimed “Prostate Man” began his battle with an enlarged prostate more than 40 years ago. Now 75-years-old and retired, McRae uses the money from his Social Security check to visit fellow African American gentlemen in surrounding Alabama communities and educate them on reducing the risk of prostate cancer through regular screening.
According to McRae, “I go to neighborhoods, stop by churches, speak to groups, pass out information — face-to-face. I’m willing to do anything I can to go straight to the man and tell him to his face to get the help he needs and make sure he is not left out there by himself once the diagnosis is made.”
The Prevent Cancer Foundation admires McRae for his commitment to cancer prevention and early detection education and recognizes his exceptional work. For readers who may have missed the Today Show segment when it originally aired, you can watch it below.