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2nd Annual GIST Benefit Ball Helps Raise Funds for Fox Chase Cancer Center

VOORHEES (January 7, 2010) – Attend the second annual GIST Benefit Ball on Saturday, January 30, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees, NJ (3000 Main Street). Guests attending the benefit ball will enjoy live entertainment, dinner and Chinese auctions.  There will also be open bar bracelets available for purchase with 20% of the proceeds going to Fox Chase Cancer Center (cash bar will also be available).

The GIST Benefit Ball is being held by Julie Cramer in memory of her father, Mark Becker, who died in July 2009 from a soft-tissue sarcoma called gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).  Mark had lived with the disease 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 and development of treatments for GIST.

Fox Chase researchers, Margaret von Mehren, MD - Physician Director, Clinical Trials Office; Associate Director, Clinical Research , and Andy Godwin, PhD, have been vital to the development of new drug therapies for GIST patients.  All proceeds from the event will go to GIST research being done at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

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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