Fox Chase Cancer Center Breaks Ground for New Playground
PHILADELPHIA (June 16, 2004) -- Creative Beginnings, the daycare program for children of Fox Chase Cancer Center employees, is getting a new playground thanks to the generosity of a special dad.
Ken Kucowski has led a three-year campaign to raise money for a new playground for Creative Beginnings at the Rockledge Community Center. The playground is Kucowski's way of honoring the memory of his wife, Mary, who died of cancer in 2001. Mary was a dedicated Fox Chase employee for 13 years. Their two children attended Creative Beginnings.
The Creative Beginnings children choir sang during a brief groundbreaking ceremony for the new playground. Those participating in the groundbreaking included Gary Weyhmuller, vice president of human resources at Fox Chase; Ken Kucowski; Judy Taylor, program director of Creative Beginnings; and Kucowski's daughters Charolotte, age 9, and Natalie, age 5.
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).