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McKinley School Children's Gift to Fox Chase Cancer Center Honors Teacher Fred Gellard, Who Died of Cancer

PHILADELPHIA (April 21, 1998) -- Student Council members from McKinley Elementary School in Elkins Park, Pa. - Julie Shenk, fifth grade; Tom Kelly, sixth grade; Andrew McGinley, sixth grade; Mina Cha, fifth grade; Jackie Young, sixth grade; and Ali Georgiou, sixth grade - visited a Fox Chase Cancer Center laboratory recently to present a $500 check to Dr. Mitchell R. Smith for research on lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.

The gift, part of the proceeds from a raffle at the McKinley School Parent-Teacher Organization's family game night, honors the memory of the students' former teacher Fred Gellard of Jamison, Pa. Gellard, 55, a McKinley School teacher for 25 years, most recently taught second grade there. He died of lymphoma last October. Smith, director of the Center's lymphoma service, was among his physicians.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 32 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research, prevention, detection and treatment of cancer and community outreach programs.


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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