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Cancer Information Service Director Garners High Honor

PHILADELPHIA (October 22, 2001) -- Linda Fleisher, of Oreland, Pa., director of the Cancer Information Service - Atlantic Region, has been awarded the highest honor bestowed by the organization -- the Marion Morra Award.

The Cancer Information Service, a program of the National Cancer Institute, awards the Marion Morra Award annually to single out exceptional individuals in the CIS network. The award recognizes and directs attention to their special talents, accomplishments, vision and leadership. Recipients of the Marion Morra Award set CIS standards of service and excellence.

"Linda demonstrates the CIS spirit of caring and commitment everyday in everything she does," said Nancy McKeown-Conn, project manager with the CIS. "Her dedication to the CIS is absolute. She represents the CIS with intelligence, integrity and vision. Linda's work ethic is admirable. She puts her heart and soul in her work, and she is truly a role model for all of us in the Atlantic Region CIS. No one deserves this award more than Linda and we are so pleased for her and so proud of her."

The Cancer Information Service is housed and supported by Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.

"For 25 years now, people living in the mid-Atlantic region have depended on the Cancer Information Service to provide answers to difficult questions about cancer risks, treatment, and prevention. Fox Chase Cancer Center is proud to be home to this excellent organization that has expanded and flourished under Ms. Fleisher's direction," said Paul F. Engstrom, MD, senior vice president of population science at Fox Chase.

Fleisher is the second individual from the CIS Atlantic Region to receive the Marion Morra award. In 1992, it was given to Nancy Freedman.

For the past 25 years, the Cancer Information Service has provided the latest, most accurate information about cancer to patients, their families, and the public through its 1-800 4 CANCER phone service. The Cancer Information Service equips people with the reliable, science-based information they need to become active participants in their own health care - from prevention, to early detection, to treatment and survivorship. The Cancer Information Service Atlantic Region serves Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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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