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Fox Chase Cancer Center Names National Spokesperson for Its Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign

PHILADELPHIA (January 6, 2003) — Fox Chase Cancer Center has named Emmy award-winning TV host Suzanne Roberts as national spokesperson of the Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign.

The Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign supports Fox Chase Cancer Center's cancer prevention research and education that will make possible a cancer-free world for future generations. Fox Chase is a leader in prevention research and has established the world's first comprehensive cancer prevention research facility on its Philadelphia campus.

As spokesperson for the Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign, Roberts will help reach other grandparents who wish to make a difference in the health of their grandchildren.

"Most grandparents already focus so much time and attention on their grandchildren. Here's an important way that our resources can be used to help protect them," says Roberts. "We are working toward a very important goal. My hope is to prevent my beautiful grandchildren and other children from developing cancer as they grow up."

Roberts, and her husband Ralph, have eight young grandchildren.

"Tucker, Jamie, Sarah, Danny, Emma, Jessica, Amanda and Evan are eight reasons why this program is important to me," explains Roberts. "The Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign is a very real way that I can invest in the future of their health. The researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center are dedicated to preventing cancer, and grandparents make excellent partners in achieving this mission."

Fox Chase Cancer Center president Robert C. Young, MD, says the institution's mission is to reduce the burden of cancer for all. "Fox Chase Cancer has made a significant commitment to cancer prevention devoting substantial resources and research efforts to that end. I have grandchildren, too, so this effort is both professional and personal for me."

"Suzanne Roberts is a wonderful choice to be Fox Chase's spokesperson for the Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign," Young adds. "She has demonstrated a sincere desire to better our world through her professional and volunteer work. This campaign is a natural fit for her."

Roberts is the Emmy award-winning host of the television program "Seeking Solutions with Suzanne," a public service program designed to enrich one's life, broaden their medical knowledge and explore unusual volunteering opportunities.

Roberts' extensive acting experience in major roles served as a springboard for an array of public service involvement, including USO shows, national appearances in plays that discourage racism and alcoholism, as well as award-winning achievements in radio (Within Our Gates) and television (The World at Your Door).

She hosted Assignment City Hall, a weekly television series on the functions of large city government. In addition, Roberts was a pioneer in political programming and authored The Candidate and Television, a book distributed to all political parties.

When the Roberts and their five children spent a summer working at a Navajo reservation, she developed a technique for communicating with hostile and withdrawn Native American patients at the hospital there. Because of her success, the government brought her back to share her innovative methods with the hospital staff. From that point, she decided to include young children and teenagers in her work.

The film Discoveries in Communication, chronicling the success of her approach with emotionally disturbed children, was presented at The International Congress of Child Psychiatry. Subsequently, in addition to national lecture engagements, the governments of Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Australia invited her to demonstrate her work to parents and health care professionals.

In her mid-60s, while serving on the faculty of Hahnemann University, Roberts received her master's degree in human services and therapeutic counseling from Antioch University.

Seeing a need for television programming for the over 50 population, Roberts created "Seeking Solutions with Suzanne." She received the Emmy Award in 2002 for Outstanding Host in the Mid-Atlantic Region. "Seeking Solutions with Suzanne" was also nominated for Outstanding Magazine Format Program and Outstanding Entertainment Feature in 2002. In 2000 and 2001, Roberts was nominated for Outstanding Individual Achievement as Host Emmy. Roberts was designated national spokesperson for Fox Chase Cancer Center's Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign in November 2002.

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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