Minority Men's Health Fair is making a difference

Minority Men's Health Fair kicks off Thursday

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ron Kisner and Charles Modlin are good friends who share laughs and hugs now. They met under much different circumstances.

"He's a kidney transplant doctor and I'm one of his patients. I'm on the transplant list at the Cleveland Clinic," Kisner explained.

Seven years ago, Kisner attended the Minority Men's Health Fair organized by Dr. Modlin at Cleveland Clinic.

Now in its 14th year, thousands show up for medical screenings and tests and it's all free.

"It's all about preventative health. We don't want people to wait until they are sick," said Dr.  Modlin. "We want to provide them an opportunity to know if they have a significant medical condition.

"Minorities are more subject to developing health disparities. Higher rates of many chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease."

Kisner has chronic kidney disease, which doctors discovered during his first encounter with Dr. Modlin seven years ago. He credits the Minority Men's Health Fair for saving his life.

"To me, its success is based on the fact that men are coming," Dr. Modlin said. "Many times men are afraid to undergo treatment; especially screening for prostate cancer, but the screening is very easy. Nowadays all they need is a blood test."

The Minority Men's Health Fair will be held Thursday, April 21 in the Glickman Tower on the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic. The event will feature free health screenings and information tables. The event is from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Go to www.clevelandclinic.org/mmhc to register or email mmhc@ccf.org or call 216-445-7750 for information.

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