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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PHEN to Host Prostate Health Educational Symposiums in Partnership with Churches in 16 Cities, on Saturday, June 14th

— “Churches join PHEN to take the lead in educating Black communities about prostate cancer” —

Thomas Farrington at a PHEN Symposium

Thomas Farrington, PHEN President and Founder

Boston, MA — The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) will partner with churches in 16 cities to host groundbreaking prostate health educational symposiums within African-American communities. The host churches have a collective membership of more than 100,000 persons. In addition, the symposiums, which are free and open to the public, will outreach and attract attendees from throughout each city. The symposiums will address the need for increased knowledge and awareness within Black communities in their fight against a prostate cancer crisis existing throughout Black America. These educational events will take place at churches, on Saturday, June 14th in conjunction with PHEN’s “Sixth Annual Fathers Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer” on Sunday, June 15th.

“We are pleased with the momentum the Father’s Day Rally has gained in partnership with churches since 2009, and we are truly excited that church leaders are joining with PHEN for an enhanced educational outreach effort through the symposiums. Together we are undertaking the broadest education and awareness effort ever with a focus on Black America’s prostate cancer crisis,” said Thomas A. Farrington, PHEN president and founder who is a 14-year prostate cancer survivor.

The symposiums will address the needs of healthy men who are at high risk for prostate cancer, men newly diagnosed with the disease; caregivers; family members; and men with recurring or advanced stage prostate cancer. Each symposium will include presentations by prostate cancer medical experts, a survivor’s roundtable discussion, address the needs of caregivers and importantly, the pastor or another church leader will address the importance of faith in healing. A free networking lunch and resource materials will be provided for each attendee. Symposium registration is available online at www.rapcancer.org

Symposiums will be held in the following 16 Churches and cities:

1. Atlanta, GA; Ben Hill United Methodist Church
2. Birmingham, AL; Sixth Avenue Baptist Church
3. Boston, MA; Twelfth Baptist Church
4. Chicago, IL; St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church
5. Dallas, TX; Friendship West Baptist Church
6. Durham, NC; Union Baptist Church
7. Glenn Dale, MD; Reid Temple AME Church
8. Jacksonville, FL; Greater Grant Memorial Church
*9. Jamaica, NY; Greater Allen Cathedral AME Church (July 12th)
10. Los Angeles, CA; Bethel AME Church of Los Angeles
11. Philadelphia, PA; First AME District Headquarters
12. Newport News, VA; Carver Memorial Presbyterian Church
*13. Oakland, CA; Acts Full Gospel Church (June 21st)
14. Raleigh, NC; St. Matthew Baptist Church
15. Richmond, VA; The St. Paul’s Baptist Church
16. Washington, DC; New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

For more information on each symposium, visit www.prostatehealthed.org/page.php?id=198

About PHEN’s “Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer:”
The Annual Father’s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer is the broadest and most visible prostate cancer education and awareness event within Black America. The Rally is conducted within each participating church during regular worship services on Father’s Day.

About PHEN:
The Prostate Health Education Network, Inc., (PHEN) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 2003 by Thomas A. Farrington, a prostate cancer survivor and author of the books, Battling the Killer Within, and Battling The Killer Within And Winning. Both the Father’s Day Rally and educational symposiums are part of PHEN’s “Rally Against Prostate Cancer” (RAP Cancer) national initiatives (http://www.prostatehealthed.org/page.php?id=99). PHEN is recognized as the nation’s leading prostate health patient education and advocacy organization with a focus on African Americans.

Thomas Farrington
Prostate Health Education Network

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