Fathers Day Rally at Massachusetts Churches

PHEN and more than thirty churches in Massachusetts partnered for a "Fathers Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer" that reached approximately 10,000 people within these churches. The objectives of this initiative were to raise the awareness of the prostate cancer epidemic across Black America and to engage entire families in the fight against this disease. Churches recognized and offered special prayer for prostate cancer survivors, family members and loved ones during regular church services. PHEN developed a special handout that was distributed which provided awareness and guided families step by step on actions they should take to guard against becoming victims of prostate cancer.

The participating churches worked with PHEN over a number of weeks to develop this outreach initiative which they felt would be effective to use during regular worship services when they have their largest gatherings. A number of church pastors also joined PHEN on its regular radio program (broadcast on Boston station TOUCH 106.1fm and nationally over during May and June for an even broader public outreach. The relationship with the churches, now established, will be ongoing. Prostate cancer survivors within each church will become the links between their church and PHEN's monthly support group meetings where men newly diagnosed and other survivors will be able to access PHEN support services.

These activities are all a part of PHEN's national "Rally Against Prostate Cancer" designed to reach men and their families "where they are" with the education and awareness needed to beat prostate cancer. PHEN services include a range of online resources in addition to the support group. A series of PHEN produced education and awareness programs are available on

On Father's Day, in addition to the Rally at churches, PHEN president Thomas Farrington, was interviewed on Boston radio stations KISS 108 and Jammin 94.1 by "Minority Counterpoint" hostess Gwen Blackburn.

Churches participating in the Father's Day rally included:

Alden Baptist

Rev. J. Willard Cofield, Jr.

Springfield, MA

Andover Baptist

Rev. London Myers

Andover, MA

Azusa Christian Community

Rev. Eugene Rivers

Dorchester, MA

Bethel Baptist

Rev. Dr. Ray Hammond

Jamaica Plain, MA

Bruce Wall Ministries

Rev. Bruce Wall

Dorchester, MA

Charles Street AME Church

Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover

Roxbury, MA

Concord Baptist

Rev. Dr. Conley Hughes

Boston, MA

Emmanuel Baptist Church

Rev. Wayne Gadie

Malden, MA

Grant AME Church

Rev. Roland McCall

Boston, MA

Greater Framingham Community Church

Rev. Dr. Anthony Lloyd

Framingham, MA

Greater Love Tabernacle

Pastor William E. Dickerson

Dorchester, MA

Jubilee Christian Church

Bishop G. A. Thompson

Boston, MA

Mass Avenue Baptist Church

Rev. Howard McClendon

Cambridge, MA

Messiah Baptist Church

Rev. Michael W. Walker

Brockton, MA

Metropolitan Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. John Womack

Dorchester Ctr, MA

Morning Star Baptist

Rev. Dr. John Borders

Mattapan, MA

Myrtle Baptist Church

Rev. Howard Haywood

Newton, MA

Nation of Islam

Minister Don Muhammad

Dorchester, MA

New Hope Baptist Church

Rev. Willie Dubose, Jr.

Boston, MA

Peoples Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Wesley Roberts

Boston, MA

Peoples Baptist Church of Boston

Rev. Dr. Tina Saxon

Roslindale, MA

Saint John?s Baptist Church

Rev. Dr. Neal Pearson

Woburn, MA

Saint John?s Missionary Baptist Church

Rev. Gregory Shawn Fernandes

230 Warren Ave

Boston MA

Saint Mark Congregational Church

Rev. Carl Thompson

Dorchester, MA

Shiloh Baptist Church

Minister John Page

Medford, MA

St. Paul AME Church

Rev. Dr. Leroy Attles

Cambridge MA

Twelfth Baptist Church

Rev. Arthur Gerald

Roxbury, MA

Union United Methodist Church

Rev. Martin McLee

Boston, MA

The Way of the Cross Church

Rev. Frank E. Kelly

Mattapan, MA

Zion Baptist

Bishop Robert Brown

Everett, MA

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