PLAINFIELD, NJ – Plainfield celebrated the House Music and Prostate Cancer Awareness Festival on Saturday at Milt Campbell Field Park. Families from all over the city and beyond came to enjoy the festivities.
The event is the brainchild of Agurs “Lenny” Cathcart, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017, and Terrence “T-Bone” Johnson, two community members who wanted to bring awareness to prostate cancer.
“This was the first inaugural event of Plainfield’s Prostate Awareness Music Festival; we had one last year at City Hall but we wanted to make it bigger this year,” said Terrence Johnson.
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The festival had around 2,000 people attending according to police estimates, including Mayor Adrian O. Mapp, Assemblywoman Linda S. Carter, Freeholders Rebecca Williams and Andrea Staten, Council members Ashley Davis, Charles McRae, Barry Goode, and Council President Joylette Mills-Ransome. There were also over 28 vendors and local food trucks, selling their merchandise.
During his speech, Mayor Mapp promised that this is not the last Prostate Awareness House Music Festival and will become an annual event.
House music lovers danced nonstop on the wooden dance floor from noon until sunset as the five DJs took turns playing popular old school hits.
TAPinto Plainfield was there to enjoy and capture a few scenes of the festivities.
According to the American Cancer Society, U.S. estimates as of August 2019 include:
- About 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer, and approximately 31,620 deaths from it.
- About 1 man in 9 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
- The cancer develops mainly in older men, and in African-American men. About sixty percent of cases are diagnosed in men 65 or older, and rare in men under 40. The average age at diagnosis is around 66 years.
- Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind lung cancer. About 1 man in 41 will die from prostate cancer.
- It can be a serious disease, but most men who are diagnosed do not die from it. More than 3.1 million U.S. men who have been diagnosed at some point are still alive today.
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