Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Encourage Men To Avoid Prostate Cancer At Dad's Boy Stage Play

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Nationwide - Building on its success in prostate cancer education, awareness and advocacy, the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is enhancing its efforts with a Broadway-style stage play.

 Daddy's Boys tells the story of a widowed father and his sons, whose relationships are fractured, coming together when faced with prostate cancer. This highly entertaining play imparts real-life messages and information to the audience which raises prostate cancer awareness.

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It is the latest health-oriented presentation by playwright Garrett Davis, who uses humor and music-laden dramas to bring awareness to minority health issues. The PHEN/Davis collaboration builds on Davis’ established portfolio of stage productions that highlight diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease among other issues.

Daddy’s Boys will launch on March 9th in Philadelphia, PA, in partnership with Enon Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, a mega-church serving the African American community. On May 12th, there will be a performance in Glendale, MD at Reid Temple AME Church. Informational workshops, resource materials and cancer screening will be provided as part of these efforts.

"We are thrilled to kick-off the Daddy’s Boys tour at Enon Tabernacle. It is a great complement to our 'Men know your Numbers' Health Initiative that will be held on March 10th," says Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Alyn Waller.

PHEN will sponsor each Daddy’s Boys performance with the support of its industry partners, and work with its national network of church partners to host and promote the play within their congregations and communities. The performances are free of charge with tickets made available through the host church and other local PHEN partners.

"The Daddy’s Boys play is a natural progression of PHEN's educational outreach efforts," says Thomas Farrington, Founder and President of the Prostate Health Education Network and a 17-year prostate cancer survivor. "Prostate cancer is a family disease as highlighted by this play, and this entertainment format will appeal to men and women enabling us to reach many more people and save more lives."

"We bring real life situations to the stage to educate and enlighten on health issues that affect us daily," said playwright Davis. "We believe our stories help direct those in attendance to resources that can lead to a better quality of life." His work centers on issues that affect everyday people to build awareness and advocacy. "What I call unreached people are African Americans," Davis continued. "We learn differently. Our people need to see us giving them information. The infotainment format is an effective way to teach them."

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