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Tree of Life Ceremony at Fox Chase Cancer Center Symbolizes Courage; Stands as Memorial To Loved Ones

PHILADELPHIA (November 21, 2005) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center celebrates the 17th annual lighting of the Tree of Life on Wednesday, December 7 at 5pm in the Fox Chase's Courtyard. This emotional ceremony allows families, friends, patients and staff to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones who have died, or to say thank you for care received. The event is open to the public.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Tree of Life earned more than $18,000 in donations last year through the symbolic "purchase" of a light or star. The money is designated for patient care at Fox Chase. All contributors and the names of those they honor or memorialize are inscribed in the Friends' Book of Honor, which is placed permanently in the Fox Chase outpatient waiting area.

The Friends of the Hospital, a member organization of the Center's Board of Associates, is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to assist Fox Chase in its mission of providing the very best in research and patient care in the fight against cancer.

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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