Alonzo Mourning's retirement plans derailed by terrifying prostate cancer diagnosis at 52.

"Like getting hit by a truck" - cancer battle shook the 7-foot NBA legend to his core.

But Zo caught it relatively early through routine screening and emerged with a new fight.

"I'm making it my life's mission to spread awareness so others don't learn about this killer the hard way."

The 2x Defensive Player of the Year is unstoppable, partnering with every major cancer group.

Using his platform to break stigmas - "This silent, masculine culture around health has to go."

Mourning's words resonate in the Black community where he's revered and risks are elevated.

"Zo is our brother turning the neighborhood's mindset on men's health issues."

His advocacy is working - spikes in screening rates after appearances, funding for research.

Mourning's true legacy may be getting men to prioritize health before it's too late.