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Tree of Life Ceremony Symbolizes Courage; Memorializes Loved Ones

PHILADELPHIA (November 23, 1998) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center celebrates the 10th annual lighting of the Tree of Life on Wednesday, December 2 at 5 p.m. in the Center Building. This emotional ceremony allows families, friends, patients and staff of Fox Chase the chance to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones who died or say thank you for care received. The event is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Tree of Life earned more than $7,000 in donations last year through the symbolic "purchase" of a light or star. Already this year, that figure has nearly doubled. Money raised goes directly to patient care. All contributors and the names of those they honor are inscribed in the Friends' Book of honor, which is placed permanently in our outpatient waiting area.

"The holiday season can be difficult when a loved one is sick or has lost the fight against cancer," expressed Karin Hoffman, chairperson for the Tree of Life. "The Tree of Life gives people the chance to express the love they feel while at the same helping others who are battling this nation's most devastating disease."

The Friends of the Hospital, a member organization of the Center's Board of Associates, is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to assist Fox Chase in its mission of providing the very best in research and patient care in the fight against cancer.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 34 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. Fox Chase 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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