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Teen Honored for Volunteer Work at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (May 5, 2000) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center congratulates John Scanlon, 16, of Lawndale, a volunteer at the Center's hospice program. John was selected by the Paramount Stations Group (PSG) as one of 100 teens nationwide for his efforts in making the world a better place.

PSG stations across the country selected six teens per station through their Millennium Mentors Awards Program. In Philadelphia, WPSG-TV, UPN 57 is owned and operated by Paramount Stations Group. The stations each recognized the teens at a local ceremony, presented each honoree with a $100 savings bond and featured them on television.

John volunteers with Fox Chase Cancer Center's Palliative Care Service, but he is more than a volunteer. He is a tutor to young children and most importantly, a friend to the families he supports.

"John is a remarkable young man, who is understanding, caring and thoughtful," said Heather Gaspero, whose family participated in the Fox Chase hospice program. "Our family is blessed to have John in our lives because we are all learning from each other."

"When I am a teenager, I would like to help other children just like John," said Paige, 10, her daughter.

Fox Chase offers a range of rewarding volunteer opportunities for students, retirees and all those interested in giving of themselves to help others. For more information, please call Fox Chase's volunteer office at 215-728-2560.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at:

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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