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About Us

"Our helping becomes our psychological and emotional healing"

Our Mission

The mission of TEN is to provide culturally sensitive education, prevention, intervention, research, support and advocacy services to males and their families on prostate cancer. TEN promotes best practices designed to help decrease the rate of death caused by cancer and to improve health outcomes among men and their families.

Our Story

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Mellve A. Shahid, Sr.

Chief Executive Officer

President, Board of Directors

Mellve A. Shahid, Sr., a 14-year prostate cancer survivor, is the Founder of The Empowerment Network, Inc. in St. Louis, MO. In March 2007, after having no sick days in his life, he was diagnosed with Stage 2 prostate cancer and given two years to live.

“On the operating table, I asked God to heal my body, restore my health and give me a second chance. I promised to fight prostate cancer and advocate for victims and survivors. I begged for my Life. All I want to do is keep my promise to God. I just want to be a helper and humble servant to those who need my help”.

It was a pledge, a covenant, a divine oath. He believes in his vision and says he would give his life for this cause. Shahid says God has answered his prayer.

Shahid developed The Empowerment Network (TEN) in February 2008 on his basement floor with his late Co-Founder, Isadore Wayne. Both being cancer survivors, they created what they could not find in their neighborhood…a source for information about prostate cancer. Within months, TEN grew to over one-hundred men.

His advocacy has led to thousands of men on a grassroots level being exposed to vital information about prostate health. The team sponsors prostate cancer walks, health fairs, and church tours where education and free PSA testing are provided.

Our Work

In the past five years, TEN has participated in 448 outreach events,

provided PSA tests for 1,423 men, counseled 4,786 men,

had 1,309 attendees at Support Group meetings and

received 209 referrals from physicians.


These statistics are the very essence of the needs Shahid has addressed since his pledge to God in 2007.

Our Staff


Robin Wright-Jones

Executive Director

Meet The Board

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Mellve A. Shahid, Sr.

Founder, Survivor


Dr. Arnold Bullock, MD



Miles Strickland

 Treasurer, Survivor

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John Dombrowski, MD



Leonard Holloway

Secretary, Survivor

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Terrence Freeman, PhD


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Lorraine Hall



Vickie Wade MSN, WHNP


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 Zachary Hamilton, MD



Hope Whitehead, Attorney


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Malcolm Townsend

Member, Survivor

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Martin Wice, MD (ret.)


Paulette Sykes, RN

Member (not pictured)

Our Office

TEN Cancer Center
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Photos of TEN office

In Memoriam

Co-Founder and COO
Isadore M. Wayne, Sr.

Member Emeritus
Lou Richard

Our Partners
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Marketing Communication Specialist
Walter Pritchard,

Soaring High Media Group

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