“Both shows were fully subscribed more than a week prior to the performances,” said Thomas A. Farrington, president and founder, the Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN). “We are excited to see the high interest that men and women have in engaging in the fight against the prostate cancer crisis within our communities and the traction that Daddy’s Boys is getting to promote action and raise education and awareness,” said Farrington, an 18-year prostate cancer survivor.


“Daddy’s Boys” uses a highly entertaining infotainment approach to tell the story about a widowed father and his sons, who are in a fractured relationship, coming together when faced with prostate cancer. The play is the latest health-oriented presentation by award winning playwright Garrett Davis, who uses humor and music-laden dramas to bring awareness to health issues that also face minorities, yet there may be an unwillingness to discuss openly due to the typical male stereotype of being stoic.


“The reality of prostate cancer is for folks to understand the importance of early detection and that was clearly stated in the play,” said AARP Georgia State Director Debra Tyler-Horton. “I hope we understand the importance for us as African Americans to go to the doctor and get a check-up.”


Georgia State Representative, Kim Schofield was in attendance and pledged her support to PHEN to continue its work to eliminate the prostate cancer disparity throughout Georgia. Stanley Smith, president of Sons of Allen, for the AME 6th Episcopal District of Georgia issued a proclamation to PHEN during the play, committing Sons of Allen’s continued support of PHEN’s efforts to promote prostate cancer awareness. Phenix City, Alabama Mayor Eddie Lowe made the trip to Atlanta to present a proclamation and to invite PHEN to bring Daddy’s Boys to his city, as well.


PHEN is touring Daddy’s Boys nationally with the support of national sponsors including Amgen, Astellas, Bayer, Pfizer Oncology, Janssen Oncology, Genomic Health and Myriad. PHEN partners with local hosts including AARP, its network of church partners, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to bring the show to select cities, including Atlanta.


The “Daddy’s Boys” performances are free of charge to the public with tickets made available online and through PHEN community partners. For more information, visit: www.daddysboys.org.


About PHEN

The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is the leading prostate cancer patient education and advocacy organization addressing the needs of African American families. Based in Quincy MA, PHEN is a 501c(3) organization founded in 2003. Prostate cancer is the leading cause of cancer among all men. Black men are diagnosed at a rate 60% higher with a death rate 130% higher than men of all other racial and ethnic groups. PHEN provides education and awareness about the disease towards eliminating this disparity.


Website: www.prostatehealthed.org


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Organizations interested in hosting “Daddy’s Boys” should email PHEN at rapcancer@prostatehealthed.org