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Tania Stutman Donates To GIST Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Tania Stutman, of New City, NY, has donated $25,000 to the GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor) program at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pa., following the third annual GIST Walk at Rockland State Park in Congers, NY. Since her first gift in 2002, Stutman has donated $60,000 for ongoing GIST research.

Tania Stutman, Margaret von Mehren, MD, and Robert Stutman

Tania Stutman, Margaret von Mehren, MD, and Robert Stutman


Stutman, a GIST survivor, is pictured with her medical oncologist, Margaret von Mehren, MD and the director of the first clinical trial in the United States to test Gleevec for the treatment of GIST, as well as her husband Robert Stutman. While Gleevac worked for Stutman, the drug does not work for everyone with GIST and some cancers become resistant to the drug after a period of time. Continued research is needed.

This year's walk will be held on Sunday, October 2. To register for the walk, call 845-634-6060.

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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