Kenneth Thompson, the Brooklyn district attorney who died of colorectal cancer last October at the age of 50, has inspired politicians and health officials to urge people to undergo screening for this type of cancer. On March 31, City Council member Robert E. Cornegy Jr. held a “call to action” in honor of Thompson at the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn to bring attention to the need for early detection of colorectal cancer, especially within the African-American community.
Video journalist Marco Poggio, a 2016 graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, was at the event.
This report is part of a series of Voices of NY stories looking at health equity issues in the NYC area. Support for the series has been provided by the New York State Nurses Association.