The prevalence of Prostate Cancer in black men and the silence in the community about it were the driving forces behind the initiative to educate men and their relatives about health issues and the importance of being informed. Two Prostate Cancer survivors, with different treatment experiences, spear-headed the initiative and formed The Walnut Foundation in 2007. It was incorporated in 2010 and received CRA charitable organization status on September 1, 2012.
Formation of a Board of Directors with a mix of prostate cancer survivors and other community-minded men made it possible for the organization to get off the ground. Identified individuals were later recruited to form an expanded planning group. Our success with recruitment of attendees has been largely based on personal invitations and our success with retention has been due to us meeting the needs and interests of the community.
Our purpose is to work with the Black Community in identifying the needs of Black Men in the areas of health and related issues; and to provide a forum for discussion in a comfortable, safe and supportive environment.