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Suzanne Roberts named Spokesperson of Grandparents Cancer Prevention Campaign

Suzanne Roberts' letter to her granddaughter Emma (This link requires Adobe® Acrobat Reader to view)

Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign

PHILADELPHIA (January 17, 2003) — Fox Chase Cancer Center kicked off a new fundraising campaign focusing on grandchildren at a reception Sunday evening at Fox Chase. The Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign encourages grandparents to make a gift to cancer prevention research at Fox Chase that could benefit future generations.

Suzanne Roberts, the Emmy award-winning TV creator and host of "Seeking Solutions with Suzanne," was named national spokesperson for the campaign. It's a project she says is near and dear to her. Ms. Roberts and her husband Ralph have eight grandchildren. During the program, Ms. Roberts spoke publicly for the first time about her family's close-call with cancer. Ms. Roberts read from a letter she wrote to her youngest grandchild, Emma.

"Beside my television program I'm involved with a very special place called Fox Chase Cancer Center...The doctors and researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center are working on many programs to keep people from getting this horrible disease. They are constantly developing new tests that help track down cancer before it spreads."

"We're pleased to make a gift to Fox Chase Cancer Center in honor of each of our eight grandchildren," Ms. Roberts said. "I hope this approach of having grandparents working together as a team will be successful in raising money for cancer prevention research."

Fox Chase Cancer Center president Robert C. Young, MD, described Ms. Roberts as the "natural fit" for the Grandparents Cancer Prevention campaign.

"Suzanne is a great spokesperson for this important program," Young said. "She has demonstrated a sincere desire to better our world through her professional and volunteer work."

Before the reception, the Roberts were joined by daughter Catherine Clifton and her husband Anthony as they visited a research laboratory. Andy Godwin, PhD, demonstrated how researchers isolate a cell's DNA.

Center City resident and Fox Chase board member Sandra Mann presented Ms. Roberts with the Boehm Rose of Discovery and Hope. The ceramic, hand painted rose was created for Fox Chase in support of cancer research and prevention.

"We all know that Suzanne will help us extend our efforts even further for the benefit of the children, our grandchildren and future generations," Mann said. "Thank you so much Suzanne for all of your help with this important campaign."

Before the evening ended, the Creative Beginnings' children's choir sang Louis Armstrong's What A Wonderful World.

"The children were so precious," said Ms. Roberts. "It was a fitting end for a wonderful evening. They are our future and the reason why this campaign is important."

To support the Grandparents' Cancer Prevention Campaign at Fox Chase Cancer Center, please call 215-728-2745.

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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