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Special Halloween Party Benefits Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (October 28, 1999) -- This Halloween, family members and friends of a 31-year-old woman who died of breast cancer will dress up in costume to "Unmask the Cure." To raise awareness and money to battle this disease, the Jill Marie Tulli Fund for Breast Cancer Research is holding its 1st annual "Unmask the Cure" Masquerade Party on Saturday, October 30 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Finn MacCool's Ale House, 12th & Sansom Streets, Philadelphia.

The Jill Marie Tulli Fund honors the memory of a vibrant, young woman who inspired many during her short life. Ms. Tulli was a teacher and mentor who used her talents as a certified personal trainer and experience as a champion swimmer to benefit others. As a director of the Park Plaza Health Club in Philadelphia, she provided nutritional counseling, physical training and water aerobics to her clients. She was a compassionate, independent and spirited woman who taught people to enjoy each day. Jill Marie Tulli died of breast cancer in July 1999.

To remember her in a special way, Ms. Tulli's family and friends established the Jill Marie Tulli Fund in support of breast cancer research, treatment and prevention programs at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. The fund will help Fox Chase expand its work in breast cancer education and technology research, which will assist women in the decision-making process regarding prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

Attendees at the "Unmask the Cure" Masquerade Party will enjoy hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Prizes will be awarded to those with the best costumes. Tickets are $50 per person and $75 per couple. All are welcome.

For more information about the Jill Marie Tulli Fund for Breast Cancer Research or to purchase tickets for the party, please call Fox Chase Cancer Center's Institutional Advancement office at 215-728-2745. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Jill Marie Tulli Fund.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 36 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.

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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