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"Paws for the Cause" Dog Walk to Benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center; Dallas the "Chairdog" and FOX 29's George Mallet Host Event

PHILADELPHIA (September 7, 1999) -- The first annual "Paws for the Cause" dog walk to raise money for the Prevention Pavilion at Fox Chase Cancer Center is Sunday, October 17th (rain or shine). Pre-registration begins at 8 a.m. at Fox Chase, 7701 Burholme Ave., Northeast Philadelphia. The fun starts at 9 a.m. with a dog/owner look-alike contest judged by FOX 29 anchor and dog-lover George Mallet. The two-mile walk begins at 9:20 a.m. Dallas, a certified pet therapist at Fox Chase, is the chairdog for the event.

The Research Institute for Cancer Prevention, or Prevention Pavilion, opens in January 2000 on the Fox Chase campus. The $38 million initiative in cancer prevention research will add state-of-the-art laboratories as well as 11 new research programs that will be housed in the five-level, 120,000-square-foot Prevention Pavilion.

As an advanced research center, the Research Institute for Cancer Prevention will allow laboratory scientists to integrate their work with a growing network of prevention-related clinical trials and risk-assessment programs. In terms of clinical care, the Prevention Pavilion will provide a dedicated setting for healthy people at high risk of developing cancer, including risk profiling, genetic testing, access to clinical trials, family counseling and diagnostic screening.

"Paws for the Cause" is sponsored by Philadelphia area 7-11 stores and is organized by the Diagnostic Imaging department at Fox Chase. Gifts for raffles have been provided by Best Western, The Doubletree Hotel, The Animal Studio, Gallos Seafood, Pizza Roma, and author/veterinarian Dr. Sheldon Gerstenfeld. Free pet food samples and a police K-9 demonstration will also be available at the walk.

The registration fee is $10 per person. For information, call 215-728-3024.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 36 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. Fox Chase activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

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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