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3rd Annual GIST Benefit Ball to Benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center

Old Hollywood themed casino night helps raise funds for cancer research

PHILADELPHIA (January 15, 2012) – Beat the winter blues by attending the 3rd Annual GIST Benefit Ball––an old Hollywood themed casino night that will help raise funds for cancer research at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  The event will take place on Saturday, February 18, from 7-10 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia (210 West Rittenhouse Square).  Guests attending the ball will enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and stations, dancing, silent auctions, raffles, music, and of course casino games. 

Julie Cramer and her sister Stephanie Becker-Levitt will be hosting this year’s event in honor of their father, Mark Becker, who died in July 2009 from a soft-tissue sarcoma known as a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)—a relatively rare cancer that begins in the digestive tract or stomach.  Julie and Stephanie’s father lived with the disease for twelve years. 

There are only a handful of hospitals that have researchers dedicated to the study and treatment of GIST—Fox Chase is one of them.  They have some of the nation’s most experienced oncologists and surgeons who treat the disease.  In particular, Fox Chase medical oncologist Margaret von Mehren, MD, has been vital to the development of new drug therapies for GIST patients. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit gistbenefitball.weebly.com or contact Julie Cramer at 609-668-9714 or juliepcramer@yahoo.com. Tickets are $125/per person and include wine and beer.  All proceeds from the event will go to GIST research being done at Fox Chase Cancer Center.


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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