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Union Members Tee Off In Support of Mesothelioma Research at Fox Chase

International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 14 host golf outing in effort to surpass $2.3 million already raised for research at Fox Chase

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 12, 2013)—On Friday, September 27, 2013, members and friends of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers Local 14 will come together for the union’s 19th Annual Mesothelioma Golf Outing at the Philmont Country Club (301 Tomlinson Road in Huntingdon Valley, PA). All proceeds from the event will benefit mesothelioma research at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

The golf outing was established by Local 14 leadership and members, along with support from the family of longtime member Hank Vaughn, who died from mesothelioma—a rare and aggressive cancer of the cells lining the chest and abdominal cavities —in 1991. Since then, Local 14 has raised approximately $2.3 million, through the annual golf outing and other fundraising efforts, for mesothelioma research at the Fox Chase.

Asbestos workers and their families are at high risk for certain lung diseases due to their exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is one of the most deadly occupational diseases and is directly related to the inhalation of loose asbestos fibers.

The funds raised by Local 14 support the work of researchers like Joseph R Testa, PhD, Carol & Kenneth E. Weg Chair in Human Genetics and Chair of the Mesothelioma Working Group at Fox Chase. Dr. Testa’s research looks at the role of hereditary and somatic mutations in malignant mesothelioma.  

The cost of the golf outing is $225 per golfer, with all proceeds benefitting Fox Chase. For more information or to register, contact Bev Maccari at 215-289-4303 or

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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