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Fox Chase Cancer Center Remembers Employee; Efforts to Fulfill her Dream of Rebuilding Child Care Playground

PHILADELPHIA (February 9, 2004) -- In celebration of the life of Mary P. Kucowski, a Fox Chase Cancer Center employee and devoted mother of two daughters who lost her battle with cancer, friends and family welcome you to the third annual beef and beer on Friday, February 27, 2004 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at St. Dominic's Church (Marian Hall) located at 8532 Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia. Tickets for the event are $30.00, which includes food, a variety of beverages, and music.

Since her passing in December 2001, Kucowski's husband, Ken, has been devoted to raising funds to fulfill her dream of rebuilding the playground for the children of Creative Beginnings, the Fox Chase Cancer Center employee child development center. All proceeds will benefit the Creative Beginnings Day Care Center Playground Fund. For more information or for tickets, please contact Ken Kucowski at 215-624-3754.

In addition to the beef and beer, the fourth annual MPK Golf Classic will be held on May 7, 2004 at the Willow Brook Country Club in Moorestown, New Jersey. More information on this event will soon follow.

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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