Tour De France Model Racing Bike Presented to Winner; Raffle Proceeds Benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center
George Merkel, scientific assistant at Fox Chase Cancer Center, is the lucky winner of a Lance Armstrong autographed 2001 Tour de France model-racing bike. Merkel, (pictured) was presented with the bike in late June by Sandi Weckesser, president of Institutional Advancement at Fox Chase. The bike generated over $1,612 through raffle sales at Fox Chase's 14th annual Pedal for Prevention Bike Ride and Walk.
U.S. Post Master General, Frank Brennan and former Fox Chase employee Liz Kerr, donated the bike to Fox Chase. Armstrong is part of the U.S. Postal Services Team. The Pedal for Prevention Ride had raised $14,106 for cancer prevention research at Fox Chase this year alone and over $200,000 since its first event in 1990.
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).