Famed R&B Artist Lends a Hand to Fight Prostate Cancer

Monday, November 30, 2009

Charlie Wilson, famed R&B artist widely known as both an influential solo artist and lead vocalist for the GAP band in the 1980’s, along with several health experts and cancer survivors, joined forces on Friday, November 27th at Roswell Park Cancer Institute to target local African-American men in promoting prostate cancer awareness.

Mr. Wilson was in Buffalo on Friday to perform a sold-out show at Kleinhan’s Music Hall, which he made the commitment of donating a percentage of concert tickets and promotional caps sold at the concert.

In February 2009, Charlie Wilson announced that he is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. He has teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to raise awareness and research funds for prostate cancer. His representatives approached Roswell Park Cancer Institute in order to further his goal of making especially at-risk African-American men aware about prostate cancer.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

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Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org