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Robert Urich Helps Fox Chase Cancer Center Break Ground For The World's Foremost Comprehensive Prevention Research Facility

Prevention: The Cancer Answer for the Next Generation

PHILADELPHIA (May 14, 1998) -- Robert Urich, television legend, cancer survivor and cancer research activist, will be the special guest at ceremonies to mark the groundbreaking for Fox Chase Cancer Center's Research Institute for Cancer Prevention on Thursday, May 14, 1998, 3:30 p.m. at the Center.

"At Fox Chase, we are now in a position to imagine a time when cancer can be prevented," said Dr. Robert C. Young, president of Fox Chase. "The future of cancer research rests with learning how to prevent cancer before it ever strikes," Young added.

The new 120,000-square foot Prevention Pavilion will house Fox Chase's critical prevention programs and provide a focused environment for research and clinical programs, including state-of-the-art genetic testing, screening and counseling.

Ceremonies will also include board member Carolyn "Bo" Aldig, president and founder of the Cancer Research Foundation of America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of cancer through research, education and early detection. Last October, she was elected to a two-year term as president of the National Coalition for Cancer Research. Washingtonian magazine honored her as Washingtonian of the Year in 1996 for her cancer prevention efforts.

In 1996, Urich was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, a soft-tissue sarcoma of the synovial cells. After successfully battling cancer for more than a year and remaining cancer-free, he has received numerous awards in recognition of his advocacy and awareness efforts, including the Gilda Radner Courage Award from Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the John Wayne Cancer Institute's Three Tyler Award.

Leading the $38 million Prevention Pavilion fund-raising construction campaign is Fox Chase board member William J. Avery, chairman and chief executive officer of Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc. The theme for the campaign is "Prevention: The Cancer Answer for the Next Generation."

Fox Chase Cancer Center, dedicated to easing the burden of human cancer, is one of only 32 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the country. Activities include basic, clinical and prevention research; 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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