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Fox Chase Cancer Center Hosts Team Sarcoma Walk

PHILADELPHIA (July 2, 2008) - Help raise awareness at Fox Chase Cancer Center's Team Sarcoma Walk on Thursday, July 17th from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Participants will take part in a brief educational program, followed by a 1.5 mile walk around the perimeter of Fox Chase Cancer Center's main campus (333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia). Fox Chase is hosting the walk in conjunction with the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative's Team Sarcoma 2008 Project.

Liddy Shriver was a vibrant young woman who was treated at Fox Chase in a Phase I clinical trial for Ewing's sarcoma, an aggressive cancer that ultimately took her life in 2004. The Team Sarcoma Initiative involves thousands of people who take part in events happening all over the world during International Sarcoma Awareness Week (July 12-20). These events bring patients, survivors, friends, family members, medical professionals, sarcoma centers, sarcoma advocacy groups and sarcoma charities together to increase sarcoma awareness and raise funds for sarcoma research.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of the few cancer centers in the nation that specifically devotes a multispecialty program to the research and treatment of sarcoma. For more information on the Sarcoma Awareness Walk call 215-728-3163.

The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative, a non-profit charitable organization helping those dealing with sarcoma, undertakes activities that help improve the quality of life for people dealing with sarcoma. Central to this mission are the goals of increasing public awareness about sarcoma and about the lack of young adults in cancer-based clinical trials as well as raising funds for sarcoma-related research.

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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