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 email@example.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 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).