Fox Chase Cancer Center's Tree of Life Ceremony Symbolizes Courage; Stands as Memorial To Loved Ones
PHILADELPHIA (November 7, 2002) - Fox Chase Cancer Center celebrates the 14th annual lighting of the Tree of Life on Wednesday, December 4th at 5pm in the Center's Courtyard. This emotional ceremony allows families, friends, patients and staff to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones who have 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 more than $17,000 in donations last year through the symbolic "purchase" of a light or star. The money is designated for patient care at Fox Chase. All contributors and the names of those they honor or memorialize are inscribed in the Friends' Book of Honor, which is placed permanently in the Fox Chase outpatient waiting area.
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, part of 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 also was among the first institutions to receive the National Cancer Institute’s prestigious comprehensive cancer center designation in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has achieved Magnet status for excellence three consecutive times. Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research and oversees programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. For more information, call 1-888-FOX-CHASE (1-888-369-2427).