LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Greater Omega's of Little Rock will be teaming up with the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation to put on the first ever Omega 5k Run/Walk today, March 23.
The event will start at 8 a.m. at the Big Dam Bridge.
The Omegas chose to team up with the APCF because of the staggering rates of prostate cancer in the African American community. One in three African American males will develop prostate cancer in their lifetimes and Arkansas has the fifth highest mortality in the nation.
Proceeds will go to both the Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Pi Omicron Chapter/Omegas of Greater Little Rock to fund Scholarships.
Morris Williams with the Pi Omicron Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, spoke to THV 11's Stefanie Bryant about the mission behind the Omega 5K.
They are expecting runners from all over the South for this event and see it becoming one day on par with the Little Rock Marathon.
The Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation is an independent public charity whose mission is to promote awareness, encourage timely detection and support improved treatment of prostate cancer in Arkansas.