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Fox Chase Cancer Center and Stazi Milano Restaurant Host 9th Annual "Pedal for Prevention" Bike Ride

PHILADELPHIA (August 19, 1998) -- It's time to get into gear for Pedal for Prevention - the 9th Annual Fox Chase Cancer Center/Stazi Milano Bike Ride on Sunday, October 4. The non-competitive 20-mile town and country ride through the Fox Chase and adjacent Montgomery County area benefits the world's first comprehensive cancer prevention research program, the Research Institute for Cancer Prevention at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Check-in for Pedal for Prevention begins at 8 a.m. at the Center, 7701 Burholme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. Staggered departures start at 8:30 a.m. Pre-registration is recommended.

This year's activities are presented by Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc., Montgomery Newspapers and Rockledge's Cycle Sonic. Television meteorologist Bill Henley of NBC-10 is host and honorary chairperson, joined by WOGL-FM radio personalities.

Pre-ride treats include refreshments, warm-up stretching sessions and a bike safety check before riders pedal off. Rest stops on the route will be at the Wawa Food Market's Krewstown/Bloomfield Roads store and later at Barnes and Noble Booksellers located at 835 Old York Road in Abington.

Following the ride, participants will gather at Jenkintown's Stazi Milano Restaurant for a celebration feast. Non-riders are also invited to attend the party for a $30 feast fee.

Cyclists may register as individual participants, family/friend teams or corporate teams. Individual and family/friend pre-registration fees are $30 per person with no minimum pledge. Day-of-event registration is $35 per person. Cancer survivors are invited to join the Pedal for Prevention Survivors Team as riders, feasters or volunteers.

Corporate team registration is $250 for a minimum of four riders and a maximum of six. The corporate team who raises the most money will be awarded the new Montgomery Newspapers Prevention Cup, an elegant trophy to display at their business throughout the year.

All cyclists are eligible to win individual prizes, awarded to the top fund-raisers. The grand prize is a G.T. Timberline mountain bike, courtesy of Keystone Bank and Cycle Sonic, valued at $450. Second and third place prizes include a custom-fitted biking outfit also provided by Cycle Sonic and a getaway trip for two to Jim Thorpe, Pa., including inn accommodations, a 25-mile mountain bike trek through the Lehigh Gorge and a whitewater rafting trip. Additional prizes will be available for raising specific amounts of pledge money. All participants receive a commemorative bike ride T-shirt.

Community members and local businesses can support the riders and cancer prevention by serving as Mileage Marker Sign Sponsors. For a $100 donation, sponsors can promote their business or personal message on an 18 x 24-inch marker sign to help riders count the miles to the finish line. For an additional $50, the greeting will be printed on both sides to encourage the cyclists as they're coming and going.

Generous contributions to Pedal for Prevention have been provided by "Pedal Partner" sponsors including American Heritage Federal Credit Union, BetzDearborn, Keystone Bank, ReMax Action Realty of Horsham, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., United States Postal Service, Wawa Food Markets, and Wyeth-Ayerst.

For event details and registration forms, call Ariel Bateman at 215-728-2531.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 34 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs. The Research Institute for Cancer Prevention of Fox Chase Cancer Center will identify people at genetic risk, investigate new techniques for effective early detection and intervention, and counsel people who want genetic information about their personal risks.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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