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Fox Chase Cancer Center Volunteer Retires After 15,000 Hours

PHILADELPHIA (October 28, 1999) -- After 25 years, Sam Semmel of Oxford Circle retired after serving as a volunteer at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Mr. Semmel started volunteering after a lengthy career as a cross-country tractor-trailer driver for Strick Trailers. Sam was often heard to say, "the one thing I won't do is retire from life." Sam and his wife Leah have been married for 55 years. They take great pride in their son and daughter and their extended families. His 15,000 hours of service have been greatly appreciated over the years at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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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