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Karate Students Help "Kick Cancer;" Kick-a-thon Raises Money for Patient Treatment at Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (March 2, 2001) -- As many as 200 Philadelphia area Karate students will take part in a kick-a-thon to "kick cancer" on Sunday, March 18, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center - Klein Branch, 10100 Jamison Road, in Northeast Philadelphia. The event benefits Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is sponsored by Absolute Dragon Martial Arts and is hosted by Counterstrike Kenpo Karate.

The kick-a-thon is not a competition. Instead, students will ask friends and family to sponsor each kick or ask for an overall pledge. Then, for two hours, instructors will lead the huge assembly of karate students in practicing karate kicks, flying kicks and other new karate techniques.

"Martial arts training is something I do everyday. Now, I can use this defensive art to be truly defensive in the fight against cancer!" said Dean Thoroughgood, owner of Absolute Dragon Martial Arts. His motivation for the charity event followed the death of a good friend's father. ""I saw my friend dealing with his father's fight with cancer, and though I never really knew him, I felt helpless."

The kick-a-thon is open to the public for those interested in watching the event.

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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