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R&B Artist Charlie Wilson to Perform for Prostate Cancer Research at Club Nokia

Famed Vocalist Will Give Voice to this Number One Men’s Health Issue, July 17

July 9, 2009 -- Charlie Wilson, globally acclaimed R&B artist and prostate cancer survivor, is giving a special performance to benefit prostate cancer research on Friday evening, July 17, at 8:00 pm in Los Angeles’ Club Nokia. Wilson will be performing hits from his critically acclaimed solo CDs, Uncle Charlie, and Charlie, Last Name Wilson, as well as hits from the legendary GAP Band. A limited number of VIP ticket packages will give fans an opportunity to meet with Charlie following the performance.

One dollar for each ticket sold will directly support the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s (PCF) mission to find a cure for prostate cancer. The disease affects one out of every six American men and nearly one out of every three African American men.

The PCF is selling ten VIP packages for the July 17 concert. This exclusive offer includes two tickets to the show, two passes to Club Nokia’s VIP lounge, and two passes for a private meet and greet with Charlie Wilson following the performance. That evening, purchasers of the package will also receive an exclusive gift bag featuring a Charlie Wilson t-shirt, the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s A Taste for Living World Cookbook, an autographed photo, and an Uncle Charlie CD. The VIP packages are available for a donation of $250 at www.pcf.org

Donations from the concert will support the Charlie Wilson Creativity grant recently awarded to Adam Dicker, MD, PhD and Karen Knudsen, PhD at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Their research project is pursuing a new strategy to fight metastatic prostate cancer—preventing circulating prostate cancer cells from “re-seeding” in the prostate.

“My wife, Mahin, and I are very fortunate. I was lucky to be diagnosed and begin treatment early. With early detection and treatment, the survival rate rises dramatically—nearly 95 percent,” explains Wilson. “For years I’ve spent my life performing,” explains Wilson. “Now I need to spend time informing.

“No one seems to talk about the disease,” says Wilson. “We men don’t want to consider or vocalize our vulnerabilities. It was my wife who kept after me to see my doctor for a screening. I thank God she did. Now I feel compelled to spread the word about prostate cancer.”

Wilson will also be taking the message of early detection and treatment to U.S. troops in Afghanistan when he performs for them this August. In March, Wilson visited U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Kuwait.

Those wanting to make a donation to the Charlie Wilson-PCF Creativity Research Grant can go to www.unclecharliewilson.com. There they will find more information on Wilson’s support of PCF research and a direct link for making donations online or by mail.


About the Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research focused on discovering better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Founded in 1993, the PCF has raised more than $370 million and provided funding to more than 1,500 research projects at nearly 200 institutions worldwide. The PCF also advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more governmental research funds. PCF advocacy has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer since 1994. More information about prostate cancer and the PCF can be found at www.pcf.org.

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