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Fox Chase Cancer Center Joins the Nation in Honoring Cancer Survivors and Remembering Lives Lost to Cancer

PHILADELPHIA (September 14, 1998) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center is hosting a candle-lighting service Friday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Center courtyard to kick off a two-day national event focusing on the need for more cancer research funding. All are welcome to attend the candle lighting, which coincides with other services across the nation, including a vigil at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

The Fox Chase service, called Celebration, Survival and Sundaes, will honor those who have battled cancer. Keynote speaker and breast cancer survivor Vicki Wasserberger will talk about her fight to survive cancer and the need for more cancer research funding. The service ends with a candle lighting to remember those who have died of cancer and honor others who have survived the disease.

On Saturday afternoon, September 26, thousands will rally at The March in Washington, DC. The March is a grassroots event led by General Norman Schwarzkopf (U.S. Army, Ret.). It is supported by all those touched by cancer-survivors, their families and friends, health-care workers, researchers, everyday people who care-who intend to make cancer the nation's number-one health priority.

This year, the government will spend only $10 per person on cancer research. Yet one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetime. Some 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. More than 1,500 Americans die of cancer every day. Cancer costs our society more than $104 billion a year.

The goals of The March are to promote new approaches to cancer treatment and prevention, improve access to the best cancer care for all Americans and renew the commitment of our elected officials to win the war on cancer.

Those interested in joining Fox Chase's efforts to make the voices of cancer survivors heard in Washington can call 1-888 FOX CHASE. Seats are still available for the bus trip. $15 covers the trip, which includes a box lunch.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 34 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research including 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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