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Union Helps Raise $105,000 For Research at Fox Chase Cancer Center; Overall Total Tops Half Million Dollars

PHILADELPHIA (March 13, 2001) -- Members and friends of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 14 presented a check for $105,000 for the Mesothelioma Fund at Fox Chase Cancer Center, bringing the six year fundraising total to more than $500,000.

Asbestos workers and their families are at high risk for certain lung diseases due to their exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer, is one of the most deadly occupational diseases and is directly related to the inhalation of loose asbestos fibers.

In an effort to fight this disease, the family of longtime Local 14 member Hank Vaughn established a special fund for cancer research as a memorial to him after his death from mesothelioma in 1991. The officers and members of Local 14, along with their employers, joined in this effort and together they created the Mesothelioma Fund at Fox Chase. In addition to fundraising efforts, four cents per hour for every hour worked in the insulation industry is also donated to the Fund.

The most recent donation was presented by Pat Eiding, business manager and financial secretary of Local 14, to Fox Chase mesothelioma researcher Joseph Testa, Ph.D. The $105,000 was raised primarily at the 6th Annual Mesothelioma Fund Golf Outing last fall. Significant contributions to the event were made by Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council ($10,000), Laborers District Council ($12,500), and Asbestos Workers Local 95 from Toronto, Canada ($22,256).

The 2001 7th Annual Mesothelioma Fund Golf Outing is set for September 28, 2001 at Melrose Country Club and Ashbourne Country Club, both in Cheltenham, PA. For information call 215-289-4303.

The Mesothelioma Fund supports the work of researchers like Dr. Testa. The goal of his research is to identify genetic changes that are characteristic of mesothelioma which may lead to the development of new and more effective ways to diagnose and treat patients.

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 www.fccc.edu.


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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