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First Annual Valentine's Day GIST Benefit Ball

VOORHEES (January 19, 2009) — Do something a little different this year for Valentine's Day — attend the first annual GIST Benefit Ball on Saturday, February 14 from 7-11 p.m. at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ. Guests attending the benefit ball will enjoy live entertainment, dinner and Chinese auctions (cash bar will also be provided).

The GIST Benefit Ball is being held by Julie Cramer in honor of her father, Mark Becker, who has been living with a soft-tissue sarcoma called gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) for twelve years.  GIST is a very rare type of cancer that affects the intestinal tract.  There are only a handful of hospitals that have researchers dedicated to the study of the disease and development of treatments for it.

All proceeds from the event will go to the GIST research being done at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Margaret von Mehren, MD, who works at Fox Chase, was the director of the first clinical trial in the United States to test the drug Gleevec for the treatment of GIST.

For more information about the GIST Benefit Ball please visit or contact Julie Cramer at 609-668-9714 or

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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