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Pruning the Ashbury Tree

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Black women succumb to breast cancer at a higher rate than other women, according to Eudora Mitchell president of Quinn Community Outreach Corporation (QCOC), a nonprofit organization that promotes breast cancer awareness and self-breast exams in African American women throughout the Inland Empire.

Richard O. Jones, playwright and QCOC Board Member, recently wrote the play, “Pruning The Ashbury Tree” to save lives and educate women and African American families about early detection and the serious need to discuss breast cancer issues within the family.

The idea was adapted from a national breast cancer study of African American Families called Jewels in Our Genes. The resounding message of the play is that the mere diagnosis of breast cancer is not a death sentence. “Pruning The Ashbury Tree” is about the Ashbury family and their code of silence about the epidemic of breast cancer in the family that spreads from one generation to the next.

The silence is held as long as possible until one member discovers how to prune the family tree of the disease. This godly inspired play is designed to help reduce the morality rate from breast cancer in African American women and to a smaller extent in men as well.

A portion of the proceeds from “Pruning The Ashbury Tree” is donated to Quinn Community Outreach Corporation. The play opens for two shows 1 PM & 6 PM on Saturday, Novmber 10, 2012 at A.K. Quinn AME Church at 25400 Alessandro Blvd. in Moreno Valley, CA. This play will also be performed on Friday, November 16 at 7 PM in the Ballroom of Country Village Senior Apartment at 10250 Country Club Dr. Jurupa Valley, CA (10 minutes east of downtown Riverside).

For more information or tickets for either show go to website www.qcoc.net or call QCOC office (951) 485-3734 or Richard O. Jones (951) 210-9767.

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