Prostate Cancer

Disparity Rally

April 26, 2024


Florida Leaders and AME Churches Join PHEN for an Expanded Approach to Address the Prostate Cancer Disparity for Black Men

Quincy, MA, April 26, 2024  The Prostate Health Education Network (PHEN) is teaming up with policymakers, health advocates, survivors, and church leaders throughout Florida for its Prostate Cancer Disparity Rally, starting on May 1st through the end of the month. This Rally is expanded to include church partnership outreach and free prostate cancer screening. PHEN is purchasing radio advertisements on stations in Tallahassee, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa to air recorded messages by these leaders. These messages aim to raise prostate cancer knowledge and awareness for Black men who are 70% more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than all other men and more than twice as likely to die from it. PHEN will also promote these messages with an aggressive social media campaign.

Leaders lending their voices to support PHEN's Rally are presented below. The complete list is here.

Mr. Tony Hill Former Florida State Senator

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Mr. Kran Riley 4th Vice President of Florida State Conference NAACP

Reverend George Hardy 11th AME Church District Coordinator for the Sons of Allen

Reverend Charles A. Morris Pastor, New Bethel AME Church

Quincy, FL

Angela Adams, PharmD, MPH

Founder & Executive Director of the Central Florida Pharmacy Council

Coach Leonard Hamilton Florida State University's

Basketball Team

Justice James E.C. Perry

85th Justice of the

Florida Supreme Court

Folakemi Odedina, PhD

Deputy Director, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center

Floyd B. Willis, MD

Department of Family Practice

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

"In my area of family medicine, we always talk about your blood pressure, your blood sugar, your blood cholesterol, but there is another very important number for Black men and that is your PSA number," said Dr. Floyd B. Willis. In his recorded video message, Willis encourages men diagnosed with prostate cancer to visit the website to learn about their treatment options.

"Knowledge about your prostate cancer treatment options is key," said Justice James E.C. Perry, 85th Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, in his recorded PSA. "I know. I'm a one-year survivor."

The expanded portion of this Rally includes a program in conjunction with the 30th Anniversary Retreat for the AME Sons of Allen, which will be held on May 17th at the New Bethel AME Church in Quincy, FL (Rev. Charles Morris, Pastor). PHEN will provide free prostate cancer screenings in partnership with the Prostate Conditions Education Council (PCEC). Also, a presentation and panel discussion will be hosted by PHEN focusing on "New Church Strategies for Addressing the Prostate Cancer Crisis Among Black Men."

"Over the last two decades, PHEN has partnered with more than a thousand churches to spread prostate cancer awareness and community education through early detection screening opportunities, symposiums, the Daddy's Boys Play, Father's Day rallies, health fairs, and more," said PHEN President and Founder Thomas A. Farrington. "The AME Church is partnering with us to provide 'ever-present' prostate cancer educational resources, through technology, to its churches. This expanded rally program with the Sons of Allen kicks this effort off." Visit for more information.

PHEN's Disparity Rally first began in 2021. The Rally has since been conducted in 24 cities and 15 states, reaching more than 19 million people via radio, social media, and virtual Town Hall meetings.

PHEN Disparity Rally and Church Partners