Tuesday, May 28, 2024

SiriusXM’s ‘Auto Trends’ Talks to Former Pro Athlete Galvanizing Black Men Around Prostate Cancer

Kris Bennett
Kris Bennett is ZERO’s director of health, equity, community organizing and engagement. (Photo Credit: ZC)

*Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only syndicated multicultural automotive program in North America, is kicking off its 8th radio season, focusing on a life-changing disease that has personally impacted the host of the program, Jeff Fortson, an 11-year prostate cancer survivor.

With September being Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Kris Bennett, a former professional athlete, joins us for a one-on-one conversation. At an early age, Bennett, who is currently working on his third master’s degree, knew his skills would go beyond being a star on the court. While his dreams of balling in the NBA were dashed, Bennett knew he could exert the same physical energy and mental astuteness he exuded on the courts overseas, galvanizing Black men around health, more specifically prostate cancer.

The energetic 33-year-old team builder, who currently serves as ZERO’s director of health equity, community organizing and engagement, one of the leading prostate cancer advocacy organizations in the nation, has been tirelessly crisscrossing the country post-George Floyd, providing a safe space for his underserved community to convene and become educated about the silent disease known as prostate cancer.

In fact, Bennett and his small, but highly impactful team has created an unconventional means to connect with Black men and their families, while giving them access to free prostate cancer screenings and other educational tools needed to weather this disease via a Black film fest.

Being that the average age of someone diagnosed with this disease is in the mid-sixties, Bennett has found his lane currently serving as a national foot soldier, as the youngest Black director, at any of the major prostate cancer organizations in the states.

Kris Bennett Prostate Cancer Program

The Stats And Screening Ages

One out of five Black men will be personally afflicted by this disease during their lifetime. Like many other ills, Black men are impacted by this disease, at a higher rate than any other group. At the age of 40, Black men should schedule an annual prostate screening. However, if there is a family history, Black men should begin the annual screening process at age 35.

Tune In

To hear the program on SiriusXM and other radio outlets, click here.

About Auto Trends with JeffCars.com:

Jeff Fortson is the host and executive producer of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only syndicated multicultural automotive program airing in North America. The 30-minute weekly show airs on SiriusXM 141 and several FM radio dials. The program consists of in-depth one-on-one conversations with modern industry pioneers, trendsetters, and influencers ranging from the ‘Hidden Figure’ and Black female responsible for using a mathematical formula to assess the accuracy of the GPS to auto analysts to car designers to the trailblazer of LGBT auto advertising.

For upcoming shows, car reviews, car-buying tips, recall updates, and a car payment calculator, visit Jeff’s car-buying educational guide at JeffCars.com. Follow him on Instagram @autotrendswithjeffcars.

About ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer

ZERO- The End of Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with the mission to end prostate cancer. ZER0 advances research, improves the lives of men and families, and inspires action. For more details visit, ZEROcancer.org.

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