Buddy Guy and the PCa Blue charity have announced the veteran musician’s Blues for Prostate Cancer initiative. To raise awareness of the disease, Guy’s 2017 touring schedule will include dates with fellow blues artists, starting tomorrow (2 April) at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, where the bill will also feature the newly-Grammy-winning Bobby Rush along with the Bo-Keys, Vasti Jackson and Southern Avenue.
Guy is the national spokesman for PCa Blue, and a statement on their website says: “PCa Blue is pleased to announce the Buddy Guy Blues for Prostate Cancer initiative. In 2017, Buddy will appear alongside blues masters, daughters and sons of blues legends, and local blues musicians in cities across the country — at the same time presenting the important information men need to make informed decisions about this deadly disease.”
Guy, for his part, says: “I am proud to serve as the spokesperson for PCa Blue in memory of my brother Phil [who died of the disease in 2008]. Through PCa Blue’s education and awareness efforts, we will save lives. We are connecting the dots between blues and the prostate cancer cause.”
PCa Blue campaigns for quality cancer care for all people touched by prostate cancer, supporting policy reforms that will expand access to innovative treatments and health care approaches for patients suffering from the disease. Their mission is to “work with legislators and policy-makers to represent prostate cancer patients with the goal to improve their quality of care and quality of life after diagnosis.”