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Fox Chase Faculty and Staff Pledge More Than a Million Dollars to Fund New Research Institute for Cancer Prevention

PHILADELPHIA (February 20, 2001) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center's faculty and staff have raised one million dollars for the newly opened Research Institute for Cancer Prevention. A celebration to mark the end of the three-year "Family Campaign" and to thank those who participated is planned for Tuesday, February 20, at 10 a.m. at the Center. The Family Campaign began in March 1996 and ended February 9, 2001 with $1,010,918 million dollars pledged by faculty and staff, exceeding the one million dollar goal. It was part of the overall $38 million dollar fundraising effort for the new Prevention Pavilion, which houses the Research Institute for Cancer Research. The successful Family Campaign helped the Center to receive a challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation (Troy, Michigan), worth an additional $1.5 million.

"We had no doubt that the staff would achieve their extraordinary one-million dollar goal," affirmed Robert C. Young, M.D., president of Fox Chase Cancer Center. "Equally impressive is that more than two-thirds of our faculty and staff contributed to the campaign." Young added, "The level of commitment from Fox Chase staff and faculty amplifies the excitement felt about the new possibilities at the Research Institute for Cancer Prevention." The Research Institute for Cancer Prevention is a $38 million initiative in cancer prevention research. It is one of the first research programs in the nation to concentrate on a comprehensive approach to cancer prevention. The Institute enables laboratory scientists to integrate their work with a growing network of prevention-related clinical trials, risk-assessment programs and behavioral research. In terms of clinical care, the Institute provides a dedicated setting for healthy people who need specialized care to avoid cancer, including risk profiles, genetic testing, access to clinical trials, family counseling and diagnostic screening.

"What could say more about the possibilities of our cancer prevention program than the commitment our employees have made," said Sandra W. Weckesser, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Fox Chase. "The outstanding staff support of the Fox Chase mission of exceptional cancer care, treatment and prevention has been duplicated through their personal commitment. After all, when your employees back a project with their wallets, you know they strongly believe in the work they are doing."

In addition to their own personal gifts, employees organized a variety of fundraisers at the Center including a dog walk; golf tournaments; an aerob-a-thon; "Pedal Across PA" bike ride; raffles; pretzel, flower, t-shirt, book and bake sales; "Dancing through the Decades" (two special dances highlighting music and dance of each decade in the 20th century); a photo exhibit and sale; and coin cans.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

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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