Events at Fox Chase Cancer Center

The Dragon Boat Festival is a popular event every October

The Dragon Boat Festival happens along the Schuylkill River every October. Since the first event in 2002, festival participants and supporters have raised more than $1 million for Fox Chase. Thank you to the teams and all who support Fox Chase Cancer Center through this event.
This year it's October 4, 2014.
Dragonboat event and registration

Other Events

Support Groups

Emotional and rehabilitation support for patients, their families.
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News Releases

Gene Increases Predisposition to Asbestos-Linked Cancer
(Jul 24, 2014)

There is a growing body of evidence that an inherited mutation can increase the risk of developing cancer after exposure to asbestos – but simply having a genetic predisposition does not appear to be enough to induce the disease.

Fox Chase Cancer Center Ranked 19th Among the Nation’s Top 50 Hospitals for Cancer Care by U.S. News & World Report
(Jul 15, 2014)

Fox Chase was also cited as high performing in the areas of nephrology, urology, and gynecology, as well as a new area – ear, nose, and throat.

Fox Chase Cancer Center Researchers Recommend Updating the ‘Staging Criteria’ for Breast Cancer Diagnoses
(Jul 7, 2014)

Study Finds that Some Women Do Better than Current Staging Guidelines Suggest


Press Releases 2014

Your support is critical to our success. Join us in our fundraising efforts and enjoy the exciting special events coming up.

Perspectives: A Cancer Journey From Three Points of View

Patient stories: A doctor, a patient, and a nurse navigator describe their journey through treatment. 


Patient Classes

Breast Cancer Support Group

This is an open-ended support group for any woman with a diagnosis of breast cancer. Women can join at any time during or after treatment for support, information and sharing. 
Monthly, 6:30-8 pm, Areas B and C in the West Building Waiting Room.


Ostomy Support Group

 July 17
 August 21
 September 18
April 17October 16
May 15November 20
June 10December 18

3rd Thursday of the month, Rooms C & D, Center Building


Special Events

Take Part and Help Support Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia holds special events all year to provide cancer education and to benefit the Center. Funds raised go to cancer research, prevention and treatment at Fox Chase. We also partner with community groups to help raise cancer awareness and support. Please join us by taking part in the great events coming up. To learn more, please call our special events office at 215-728-3163.

The Rita Holman Breast Cancer Foundation Golf Tournament
Saturday, August 2, 2014; 12:00 
Mountain Valley Golf Course
1021 Brockton Mountain Drive
Barnesville, PA 18214

Join in a day of golf for a great cause at the 8th Annual Rita R. Holman Breast Cancer Foundation Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 2.  Hosted by Jessica Holman Kowalchick, the event honors the life and legacy of her loving mother Rita who lost her courageous battle with breast cancer.  Although not treated at Fox Chase, Rita’s family chose to support the institution because of its research reputation and clinical trials, particularly in triple negative breast cancer, and have donated nearly $40,000 throughout the years.  Registration is $80 and includes an afternoon of golf on a great course, food and drinks throughout the tournament, dinner, raffles, prizes and more.  Dinner only packages are also available for $20.  Again, all proceeds benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center.  For more information or to register, contact Jessica at 570-778-8060 or email

Phillies vs. Mets Game
Benefitting Fox Chase Cancer Center
GIST Cancer Research Fund
August 8, 2014

Hey Phillies fans join Fox Chase Cancer Center at Citizens Bank Park on Friday, August 8, 2014 when the Phillies host the New York Mets at 7:05p.m. Seating will be located in the Pavilion (sections 201-205) at $30 per ticket. Net proceeds from tickets sold through this offer will benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Gist Cancer Research Fund. Game highlights include: the Toyota Roy Halladay Bobble Figurine giveaway! To order your tickets, click on the link below then click on the “T” shaded in green and enter the promotion code: GIST. Orders will be accepted through July 25th. Tickets are subject to availability. For groups of 25 or more, please contact Matt Kessler in the Group Sales Office at 215-463-5000 ext. 5663. All groups of 25 or more will be welcomed on the Phillies side auxiliary message boards at the top of the 5th inning.
Phillies Tickets - gist
We hope to see you at Citizens Bank Park on August 8!

The New Hope Automobile Show
Saturday, August 9 & Sunday, August 10, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
New Hope-Solebury High School
180 West Bridge Street
New Hope, PA 18938

Calling all car enthusiasts to The New Hope Automobile Show!  Join us for a weekend of sun, fun, hot rods and more at this much anticipated Bucks County event.  This year, The New Hope Automobile Show is teaming up with Fox Chase Cancer Center to raise funds for cancer research.  Enjoy a weekend full of antique and classic automobiles, with 250 different cars expected each day, all while supporting a great cause.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and children under 12 are free.  For more information, visit  For information about sponsorship opportunities, please call Denise Marshall at 215-803-1322.

Kicking Cancer Foundation 6th Annual Philly Kickball Tournament
Saturday, August 9, 2014; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rain or Shine
Dairy Fields in East Fairmount Park
Fountain Green Drive
Philadelphia, PA

The Kicking Cancer Foundation invites you to participate in the 6th Annual Philly Kicking Cancer Kickball Tournament on Saturday, August 9!  Last year, nearly 500 people participated in the event, which raised more than $47,000 for cancer research at Fox Chase.  This year, join in the fun and get a great workout in all while supporting a great cause. Registration is $50 per player with a minimum of nine players needed per team (three females) and each team is guaranteed three games.  For more information or to register, visit

29th Annual Hilferty Memorial Golf Tournament
Sunday, September 7, 2014; 11:30 a.m.
Bensalem Country Club
2000 Brown Avenue
Bensalem, PA 19020

You’re invited to enjoy a day of golf for a great cause at the 29th Annual Hilferty Family Memorial Golf Outing!  For nearly three decades, the Hilferty family has supported Fox Chase Cancer Center through this event in honor of Michael J. Hilferty, Sr. who passed away from cancer in 1980, and Michael’s son John Hilferty who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2003. The cost is $120 per golfer and includes dinner.  All proceeds benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Coventry House Apartments, a home away from home for out-of-town patients who might otherwise find the commute or cost of a hotel a hardship.  For more information or to register, contact Bob Hilferty at 215-791-5540 or   

Insulators Local 14 20th Annual Mesothelioma Golf Outing
Friday, September 26, 2014; 10:00 a.m.
Philmont Country Club
301 Tomlinson Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Union workers from around the region will team up with the members of the Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 14 for the 20th Annual Mesothelioma Golf Outing on September 26 at Philmont Country Club.  Join in a day filled with fun and friendly competition for a great cause, and enjoy lunch, a shotgun scramble, cocktails, dinner and prizes.  Registration is $225 per golfer, with all proceeds benefitting Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Since its inception, the event has raised more than $2 million for research in the fight against mesothelioma, a rare cancer that is commonly caused by exposure to asbestos.  For more information or to register, contact Bev Maccari at 215-289-4303 or

13th Annual Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, October 4, 2014; 8:00 a.m.
Kelly Drive South

The Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the United States, and Fox Chase Cancer Center is proud to be represented by several teams racing this year!  Stroll up Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River on Saturday, October 4th for this annual event that celebrates ancient Chinese tradition.  Show your support and cheer on your favorite teams while enjoying music, food and plenty of fun!  Last year's supporters raised more than $208,000 for cancer research at Fox Chase. To support their efforts, log on to  For more information about the festival including how to register, visit

A Day in the Park with Team Tommy Z
Saturday, October 11, 2014; 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Laurel Acres Park
1045 S. Church Street
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Team Tommy Z proudly presents the 13th Annual Day in the Park in memory of Tommy Zacierka, a loving husband and father who lost his battle with a rare and aggressive form of cancer at the young age of 33.  Since its inception in 2002, this fun-filled family day has raised nearly $150,000 for cancer research at Fox Chase.  Guests will enjoy  a picnic, walk-a-thon, games, fishing on the lake, kite flying, raffles and more!  Registration is $40 per person and includes a t-shirt, lunch, participation in the day’s festivities and a donation to Fox Chase Cancer Center.  For more information or to register, visit

BreastFest Philly 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014; 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mad River Manayunk
4100 Main Street
Philadelphia, PA 19127

In honor of breast cancer month this October, help spread awareness and raise funds for Fox Chase all while having a great time!  Join the Tyanna Foundation on October 11 at Mad River Manayunk for BreastFest Philly, an afternoon festival of great music, drinks, food and fun.   This year’s event  will feature live music from Sin Brothers, Alice’s Garage, Northern Rednecks, and The Whitewalls plus acoustics by Skinny Cool Kid & Owl Camino.  Enjoy great food, open bar of beer and specialty drinks, raffles, silent auction and more!  Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door and $30 for students with valid college ID, with all proceeds benefitting breast cancer treatment and prevention programs at Fox Chase.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit