By: Lanetra Bennett
October 25, 2013
Gadsden County, FL - A local sheriff was on a different kind of patrol Friday. He's fighting against breast cancer, one step at a time.
Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young started his day Friday on a walk before the sun came up.
But, this was no ordinary stroll. Sheriff Young is walking across the county.
The purpose is to draw attention to breast cancer in men for National Breast Cancer Month.
He says, "I've had a lot of friends who have lost their lives to cancer. I've even had a family member, an uncle that I took to Tallahassee for treatment. I saw a lot of folks from Gadsden County in there. I just want to bring awareness here in Gadsden County in reference to cancer overall."
Sheriff Young started at 6 a.m. at the Gadsden County line in Chattahoochee. His 34-mile trek will take him through Gretna, Quincy, Midway...and ending at the Leon County Line.
Sheriff Young will have company by his side along the way; his colleagues, and friends, and family.
His brother, Darren Rogers, says, "I live in Orlando and I'm supporting him. We had a couple of our relatives that have had breast cancer. So, we're fighting the cause for them."
Sheriff Young says he wants the community to know, "We care and we want to make sure that they know that they need to go to their doctors and get early check-ups."
Additional community members joined in along the way. Sheriff Young says they all can make a difference one step at a time.
The group was scheduled to stop every seven miles. The entire walk is expected to take ten hours.
Press Release: Gadsden County Sheriff's Office
Tallahassee, FL -- Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young plans to draw attention to male breast cancer by taking a walk.
Starting at 6 a.m. Friday from the Hardee's in Chattahoochee, Young will begin a trek across Gadsden County.
Members of the community are invited to participate, walking a portion of the 34-mile route that will carry him to Gretna, Quincy, the law enforcement academy, on to Midway and then to the Leon County Line.
"That's a long walk," Maj. Shawn Wood said Friday during a press conference at the sheriff's office.