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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

PHEN Kicks Off Successful Prostate Health Events in Atlanta, Boston, Raleigh and Goldsboro Churches as part of “4th Annual Prostate Health Symposium” Series!

— Events Highlight Cancer Risk for Black Men, Showcase Moving Musical Tributes, Prostate Cancer Survivors and Wives’ Stories, Political Leaders Pledge Support, Free Screening and More! —

PHEN meeting in Boston

(from left to right: Pastor William Dickerson, Greater Love Tabernacle, Boston, MA; Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley; Thomas A.Farrington, president, PHEN; Dr. Ravi Kacker, Men 019s Health Boston; Dr. Jacques Carter, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Dr. Chiledum Ahaghotu, Carney Hospital; Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.

Quincy, MAThe Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) has successfully kicked off the first in a nationwide series of 18 prostate health symposiums, as part of its “4th Annual Prostate Health Symposium” series, at Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA; Greater Love Tabernacle Church, in Boston, MA; St. Matthew’s Baptist Church, in Raleigh, NC; and First African Baptist Church, in Goldsboro, NC. These events bring prostate cancer education and awareness to churches within the black community, black men are at the highest risk for prostate cancer—one in five black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and this group is more than twice as likely to die from the disease than Caucasian men.

“We could not be more proud of our church partners congregations and how they have stepped up to educate their congregations and communities about prostate cancer,” said Thomas A. Farrington, president and founder, the Prostate Health Education Network. “We have seen the churches come together in remarkable ways that includes panels of caregivers and prostate cancer survivors sharing their personal stories, political officials pledging their support, moving musical performances, prayers and tributes to prostate cancer survivors and loved ones, as well as men lining up to get tested and learn their prostate cancer risk.”

These kickoff events are part of a nationwide series of 18 PHEN prostate health symposia taking place in cities including: Birmingham, AL; Brooklyn, NY; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Dallas, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Oakland, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and Richmond, VA. They are open for men and women, and structured for healthy men at high risk for prostate cancer, prostate cancer survivors, caregivers, and family members. Each symposium is FREE and open to the public, includes breakfast or lunch, and some provide free prostate cancer screening.

“Ben Hill UMC is honored to have participated in the Prostate Health Educational Symposium again this year,” said Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas, Sr. Pastor, Ben Hill United Methodist Church. “It is so important for us as a congregation to get involved and raise awareness within our church and community about prostate cancer, and to show the connection between faith and healing for this disease.”

The symposia focus on specific prostate health topics including: screening and early detection; treatment options; diet and nutrition; managing treatment side effects, including sexual health, advanced prostate cancer; the importance of faith when facing cancer; and also features survivors and their wives speaking out about their experiences.

To learn more or join the “4th Annual Prostate Health Educational Symposium Series, click here.

2016 Symposium Cities, Church Partners and Dates:

Cities/Church Partners | Dates | Time

Atlanta, GA
Ben Hill United MethodistSymposium Program
8:30am -12:30pm

Bensalem, PA
Love Fellowship Tabernacle
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Birmingham, AL
Sixth Avenue Baptist
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Boston, MA
Greater Love Tabernacle Symposium Program
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brooklyn, NY
Berean Baptist
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Charlotte, NC
Friendship Missionary Baptist
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Chicago, IL
Trinity United Church of Christ
10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Dallas, TX
Hamilton Park UMC
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Goldsboro, NC
First African Baptist Symposium Program
8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Jacksonville, FL
Greater Grant Memorial AME
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Los Angeles, CA
Bethel AME/Bryant Temple AME
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Nashville, TN
Fifteenth Avenue Baptist

Newport News, VA
Ivy Baptist
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Oakland, CA
Acts Full Gospel COGIC
8:30 am – 1:00 pm

Queens, NY
Greater Allen AME Cathedral
8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Raleigh, NC
St. Matthew Baptist Symposium Program
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Richmond, VA
The Saint Paul’s Baptist
8:00 am – 12:00 pm


About PHEN
The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is the leading patient education and advocacy organization addressing the needs of African American prostate cancer patients and survivors. About 1 in 5 African American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime; with the highest prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates in the United States. Based in Quincy, Mass., PHEN, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2003 by Thomas A. Farrington, a prostate cancer survivor. PHEN Initiatives include monthly live educational webcasts, the Annual Father’s Day Rally, educational symposiums with church partners, and the Annual African American Prostate Cancer Disparity Summit in Washington, DC. For more information, visit PHEN’s website: www.prostatehealthed.org.


Tomeeka Farrington
Spotlight Communications