St. Matthew Baptist Church to hold prostate cancer symposium Saturday

From staff reportsJune 10, 2014 

— Just in time for Father’s Day, St. Matthew Baptist Church will hold an educational symposium on prostate cancer at the church, 5410 Louisburg Rd, on Saturday.

The free event will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and will include lunch. Leroy Darkes, medical director of Rex Senior Health Center, and Michael Garofalo, an oncologist at The Prostate Health Center, will be among the speakers.

Attendees will also hear from a panel of prostate cancer survivors and a panel of caretakers.

“We’re just trying to educate men,” said Juanita Jones-Hall, a member of the church.

The event is held in conjunction with a nationwide “Father’s Day Rally” organized by the Prostate Health Education Network, founded by N.C. State University graduate Thomas Farrington, a prostate cancer survivor.

The rally will be on Sunday. “They ask that churches across the nation join hands in prayer and celebrate survivorship,” Jones-Hall said.

While men will not be able to get cancer screenings at the event, they will receive cards they can redeem for free screenings at The Prostate Health Center on 117 Sunnybrook Rd.

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