Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
I looked forward to attending this event. Mike Jackson from channel 4 news states that this walk saved his life. I have a few male friends who commit to the walk each year. The forecast called for rain, but I thought I would tough it out to show my support. Although I had a golf umbrella in the car, I thought it would be easier to take pictures with my cameras under my poncho. I rode the elevator in the parking lot with Jaiza Page, Columbus City Council member. She was very friendly and respectful. She offered me an extra umbrella she had for me to use, and I gladly accepted it.
It rained buckets!
Buck-I-Guy, has been a super fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes since 1977.
It seemed like Buck-I-Guy was everywhere. I couldn’t tell if I was finding him to take a picture or if he was finding me. Attendees seemed to seek him out. He was willing to talk to and take pictures with everyone.
Jaiza Page, Columbus City Council Member
In spite of the rain, we still have a great turn out. We are here to support our African American males to make sure they are getting tested for prostate cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure. This is a great annual event.
Kevin Boyce, Franklin County commissioner
African American males are predisposed to hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. This run is a way to make people aware of healthy lifestyles that can change those challenges and issues in our lives. This is a really good way for the community to come together and support wellness in the community. If you haven’t had your prostate checked this year, your blood tested for hypertension or diabetes you should. I want to encourage that.
The rain didn’t stop the walk. People still participated in the walk and screenings. I walked away impressed with the elected officials who not only came to the event but stayed and participated. I plan to attend this event next year and hope for a sunny day.