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Fox Chase Cancer Center Employees Give the "Gift of Life"

PHILADELPHIA (October 3, 2000) -- With the recent blood shortage on their minds, employees at Fox Chase Cancer Center will give the "gift of life" during a blood drive for the American Red Cross, Thursday October 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in conference room A at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Already, 145 employees have signed-up to donate blood.

During the past two years, employees have donated more than 600 pints of blood at drives hosted by Fox Chase Cancer Center. As many as four blood-drives a year are held at the Center, and about 90 pints of blood are collected at each drive.

Giving blood saves lives. In our area, the need for blood is often outpaced by rising demand. More donors are needed. Cancer patients, accident victims, premature infants and organ transplant recipients are just some of the people that can need blood.

The American Red Cross delivers lifesaving blood around the clock, and provides on-call medical and laboratory support to physicians and their patients in approximately 100 hospitals in New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania, thanks to the generosity of healthy, volunteer blood donors.

For more information about donating blood, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-GIVE LIFE, or visit the Red Cross on the web at

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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