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Mt. Airy Church of God In Christ Partners with Fox Chase Cancer Center To Bring Cancer Detection, Prevention and Education Services to Parishioners

PHILADELPHIA (November 28, 2001) -- Mt. Airy Church of God In Christ and Fox Chase Cancer Center have announced a new partnership to develop a program for prevention and early detection in the Philadelphia African-American community. To formalize the relationship, representatives from each institution signed a Memorandum of Understanding on November 20 at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia.

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines activities that will benefit the Mt. Airy Church of God In Christ community and provides structure for a lasting relationship.

"This new relationship presents a wonderful opportunity for the members of our community to utilize the health-related services and vast resources offered by Fox Chase Cancer Center," said Bishop Ernest C. Morris, Sr. DD, pastor of Mt. Airy Church of God In Christ. "We need to be vigilant about following cancer screening recommendations. Since we are vessels of God, we have a duty to take care of our physical well being, and by doing so, we are better able to serve Him, our families and our community."

"The most important thing about this agreement is that it represents a long term commitment by both organizations," said Robert C. Young, M.D., president of Fox Chase Cancer Center. "We can reduce the suffering caused by cancer by using the knowledge and tools we have available, but it requires a real partnership."

The Memorandum of Understanding outlines the intent of both institutions to implement programs focusing on men's and women's health, to provide screenings for breast, prostate and colorectal cancer; aid the under- and uninsured in identifying places for treatment; and to share this program with others in the community.

Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ, located at 6401 Ogontz Avenue, was established in 1966 by Bishop Ernest C. Morris, Sr., D.D. who remains as pastor. Its ministries include Christian education, outreach ministries, music publications and communications, in-reach auxiliaries, community involvement, and youth church.

For more information about Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ, please call 215-276-2960 or visit the web site 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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