First Annual Valentine's Day GIST Benefit Ball
VOORHEES (January 19, 2009) — Do something a little different this year for Valentine's Day — attend the first annual GIST Benefit Ball on Saturday, February 14 from 7-11 p.m. at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ. Guests attending the benefit ball will enjoy live entertainment, dinner and Chinese auctions (cash bar will also be provided).
The GIST Benefit Ball is being held by Julie Cramer in honor of her father, Mark Becker, who has been living with a soft-tissue sarcoma called gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) for twelve years. GIST is a very rare type of cancer that affects the intestinal tract. There are only a handful of hospitals that have researchers dedicated to the study of the disease and development of treatments for it.
All proceeds from the event will go to the GIST research being done at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Margaret von Mehren, MD, who works at Fox Chase, was the director of the first clinical trial in the United States to test the drug Gleevec for the treatment of GIST.
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).