Milwaukee City Treasurer Spencer Coggs was the keynote speaker at the Mason Temple Church of God In Christ (COGIC) World Cancer Day on February 1st 2020. Mason temple COGIC is located at 6098 N 35th and their theme was “Miracle on 35th Street”. Coggs stated, “I admire Mason Temple for their forward stance on cancer prevention and I appreciate their invitation to address their congregation”.
Treasurer Coggs had been invited to the celebration because he is a nearly 14-year prostate cancer survivor. He was honored to share what he called his “Survivor Story”. World Cancer Day is Mason temple’s inaugural event, and it was fitting that it happened on February 1st, the beginning of Black History Month.
In his candid speech, Treasurer Coggs stressed 3 points: how Black Men traditionally don’t take care of their health and how that attitude is changing; how the fear of prostrate cancer paralyses many Black Men from taking more pro-active steps in maintaining their health; and why it is paramount for Black Men to prioritize their health so that they can “be present ” for their families and their community.
Coggs noted that, although Mason Temple COGIC had a great turnout for their first-time event, the audience could have benefitted by the presence of more Black Men. “I look forward to their celebration being held annually so more people will hear more cancer survivor stories”, said Coggs.
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