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Jan's House of Hope En Route to Philadelphia; Dream Home Built in Memory of Wife Arrives Saturday Morning

PHILADELPHIA (July 6, 2001) -- Jan's House of Hope, the 3,100 square foot dream home built in memory of a woman who lost her battle to cancer, has left New York City by barge and is sailing to next destination -- Philadelphia. Jan's House will be traveling up the Delaware River and will be in the Philadelphia area around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7. It will dock at Penn's Landing (near the Hyatt) around 5:00 a.m. (high tide). This state-of-the-art home is the centerpiece of a cancer awareness voyage along the Northeast coast. The home opens for public tours July 13-15.

Jan's House of Hope was inspired by Jan Rouleau after she died of lung cancer. It is dedicated to all who are fighting cancer or have fought cancer. This huge two-story home, designed by Jan's husband, Jerry Rouleau, began its journey from Portsmouth, New Hampshire in June. Its final destination is Norfolk, Va.

Jan's House of Hope is beautifully decorated and the area around the home on the barge is fully landscaped. It opens for tours after docking on the Philadelphia waterfront at Penn's Landing on Friday, July 13th. Tours run Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 (half price if a new hat or scarf is donated). The proceeds from the Philadelphia visit benefit Fox Chase Cancer Center.

To kick off the weekend-long festivities, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops will perform a special tribute honoring the outstanding nurses of Fox Chase Cancer Center on Friday, July 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing. The nurses at Fox Chase Cancer Center have received the top nursing honor of the American Nurses Association, making Fox Chase the only specialty hospital in the nation to be recognized with the Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Award for outstanding nursing care. Tickets for this reception and dinner including the Peter Nero and The Philly Pops concert start at $250.

For more information about tickets to any Jan's House of Hope event, please call Fox Chase Cancer Center at 215-728-3163.

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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