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Fox Chase Cancer Center's Tree of Life Ceremony Brightens the Holiday Season

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 13, 2007) — Fox Chase Cancer Center celebrates the 19th annual Tree of Life ceremony on Wednesday, December 5 at 5 p.m. in the Fox Chase Cafeteria (333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia). This emotional celebration gives families, friends, patients and staff the opportunity to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones who have struggled with cancer or say thank you for care received. The event is open to the public.

If you are unable to attend the Tree of Life ceremony, you can still honor loved ones by logging onto and making a donation in their memory.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Tree of Life campaign earned more than $195,000 in donations last year. The money benefits patient care at Fox Chase. All contributors and the names of those they honor or memorialize are inscribed in the Friends' Book of Honor, which has a permanent place in the Durant Family Lounge in the main lobby.

The Friends of the Hospital, a member organization of the Center's Board of Associates, is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to assist Fox Chase in its mission of providing the very best in research and patient care in the fight against cancer.

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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