Marlyn R. Fein Chapter

The Marlyn Fein Chapter of the Fox Chase Cancer Center was formed in 1976, after the death of a courageous young woman's battle with osteogenic sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Marlyn Chakov Fein was first diagnosed in September 1970 at the age of nineteen and fought her illness for six years. In spite of all the treatments and experimental drugs, Marlyn developed a brain tumor in 1973. At that point, the love of her life, Frank Fein, insisted that they get married and fight this disease together. Marlyn and Frank lived together for only one year when Marlyn's lungs began to deteriorate. By December of 1975 doctors preformed a surgical procedure to sever the major nerves in hopes of alleviating the constant pain that even morphine could not help.

One week after the operation Marlyn's doctor discovered that she was seven months pregnant. On December 21, 1975, Marlyn delivered a healthy 3 pound 15 ounce baby girl. Mother and daughter would never know each other because on January 23, 1976, one month after the birth of her beautiful baby, Marlyn died at the age of 25.

As a tribute to his beloved wife and mother of their daughter, Rachel Faith Fein, Frank Fein, along with the help of grieving parents, Ruth and Max Chakov, and Dave and Wilma Fein and Aunt Harriet Kauffman, started this group to ease the family's pain and help in the fight against human cancer and help ease the pain of other patients going through this tribulation.

The Marlyn Fein Chapter now has 222 hard working members who spend their valuable time raising monies for Fox Chase Cancer Center. Their many events each year bring in a wonderful donation for cancer research and patient care. Please look for these events and help support them so that this Chapter can aid in the best care and research at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Marilyn R. Fein Chapter website

For more information on any of these events, please contact the Marylin R. Fein Chapter.

  • Cooperstown-Hyde Park Tour
    April 24-25, 2015
    Cooperstown and Hyde Park, NY

    Join the Marlyn Fein Chapter of the Board of Associates on an overnight trip to Cooperstown, New York. The first day will feature the Cooperstown-Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and dinner ending with a night at Best Western and breakfast in the morning. Day two will include a trip to Hyde Park, the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and Vanderbilt Mansion. $288 per person for both days and $50 by March 7, 2015 will reserve your spot. For more information contact Sharyn Litvin at 215-728-4797 or Elaine Kravitz at 215-913-9237.

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Board of Associates
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Debra Sniger,
Board of Associates


Penny Fisher
Selma Bell
Vice President
Harriet Kauffman
Vice President
Corinne Greenberg
Financial Secretary
Debbie Holman
Recording Secretary
Robert "Bob" Bloch