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Fox Chase Cancer Center's Tree of Life Ceremony Symbolizes Courage; Memorializes Loved Ones

PHILADELPHIA (November 9, 1999) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center will celebrate the 11th annual lighting of the Tree of Life Wednesday, December 1st at 5 p.m. at the Center, 7701 Burholme Avenue, Northeast Philadelphia. This emotional ceremony allows families, friends, patients and staff of Fox Chase the chance to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones who died, or to say thank you for care received. The event is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Tree of Life earned $18,000 in donations last year through the symbolic "purchase" of a light or star. That's more than double the amount raised in 1997. The Friends of the Hospital are hoping to increase that number again this year. Money raised goes directly to patient care. All contributors and the names of those they honor are inscribed in the Friends' commemorative book, which is placed permanently in Fox Chase's outpatient waiting area.

"The Tree of Life offers a special way to remember loved ones while helping others during the holiday season," said Karin Hoffmann, president of the Friends of the Hospital. "We are grateful to all who have participated in the past and hope for their continued support. We also look forward to having new participants join us this year and we welcome them."

The Friends of the Hospital, a member organization of the Center's Board of Associates, is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to assist Fox Chase in its mission of providing the very best in research and patient care in the fight against cancer.

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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