Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known as the star of the hugely successful and groundbreaking film “Black Panther,” died at age 43 of colon cancer in August. Now, it has been revealed that his brother, Kevin, too had been through a battle with cancer.
Kevin recently celebrated two years of being cancer free. Kevin Boseman, Cadwick’s older brother, revealed on Instagram Stories that he has been in remission, Yahoo reported.
“I was diagnosed with cancer in 2018 and underwent four rounds of chemotherapy,” he shared according to screengrabs obtained by The Shade Room. “I’m in remission!!!!! You read right. I am in remission. Today marks my official two-year remission anniversary. October 14, 2020.”
Kevin is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City. On the Instagram Story he said he shared the news “because while it’s been a year of profound loss and tragedy for so many of us, this is good news,” according to TheGrio.
“Something to smile about. Something to shout about,” he continued. “I hope you’re smiling and shouting with me. Cancer is something most of us have no control over. We can only control our responses to it, which includes being proactive about our healthcare both physically and mental.”
Kevin added, “Tomorrow is not promised and early detection saves lives. Health is wealth. True wealth.”
African-American men are at a higher risk of getting cancer than their white counterparts.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, from 2012 to 2016, African-American men were 1.2 times and 1.7 times, respectively, more likely to have new cases of colon and prostate cancer, as compared to non-Hispanic white men. They are also 1.7 times as likely to have stomach cancer. African-Americans men also have lower 5-year cancer survival rates.
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“‘Man, I’m in the fourth quarter, and I need you to get me out of the game,’” Derrick recalled Chadwick saying. “When he told me that, I changed my prayer from, ‘God heal him, God save him,’ to ‘God, let your will be done.’ And the next day he passed away.”
Kevin said of Chadwick, “He always did his best. His best was incredible.”