PHEN Launches 4th Annual Father?s Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer

(Boston, MA) ? April 4, 2012 - The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) in partnership with churches nationwide will mobilize its "Fourth Annual Father's Day Rally Against Prostate Cancer" on Sunday, June 17th, 2012.

"We will increase prostate cancer awareness and knowledge on Father's Day and establish ongoing relationships with churches and their members to reduce the devastating impact of this disease on African American families," states THOMAS A. FARRINGTON, PHEN president and founder.

The Rally takes place within participating churches on Father's Day, where prostate cancer survivors within each congregation along with family members of those who have been victims of the disease are recognized and join hands in prayer for healing. ?This public recognition and spiritual support helps remove the deadly silence for those who may be suffering which becomes a powerful step towards healing,? according to Farrington, an eleven year prostate cancer survivor

PHEN provides each partnering church with materials for distribution to their members on Father's Day. Also, as part of its ongoing partnership and support PHEN provides awareness posters, access to its educational resources, speakers, monthly e-newsletters and webcasts. In addition, PHEN enrolls prostate cancer survivors within each church to assist with these ongoing education and awareness efforts. Since 2009 the PHEN Father's Day Rally has partnered with churches, reaching hundreds of thousands across the country in its initiatives to save lives through increased awareness and knowledge.

Church leaders strongly endorse the Father?s Day Rally. BISHOP ADAM JEFFERSON RICHARDSON, JR., Presiding Bishop for the African Methodist Episcopal Second District, affirms, "Churches within my district will again be active participants in PHEN's Father's Day Rally in 2012." The 13th AMEC District Presiding BISHOP VASHTI McKENZIE continues, ?My district has enjoyed working with PHEN and our churches will strongly participate in this year?s Father?s Day Rally.? DR. CARROLL A. BALTIMORE SR., President of the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) states, "PNBC churches will look to expand their participation in 2012," and DR. JACQUELINE L. BURTON, President of the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) says "CNBC's leadership includes leaders of the nine major Black denominations who will urge their churches to actively engage in PHEN's Father's Day Rally and efforts beyond."

All churches are invited and encouraged to join the PHEN Father's Day Rally by registering at:

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