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Fox Chase Cancer Center Receives Another Record-Breaking Donation From Board of Associates and Member Groups-$746,000 for 1999

PHILADELPHIA (November 11, 1999) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center's Board of Associates and its six member organizations recently made their annual donations to the Center-a record-breaking gift of $746,000. This is the largest annual gift the volunteers have made to Fox Chase since the Board was founded in 1965. The groups' cumulative giving now exceeds $9.1 million.

Board of Associates chapters represent more than 700 volunteers who conduct fund-raising and educational activities in support of the Center. Their collective donation will support Fox Chase research, patient care and specially designated projects, including the Prevention Pavilion under construction, the Board of Associates' postdoctoral fellowship and the nursing scholarship fund.

The latest gift includes $159,000 from the Board of Associates itself, which serves as a planning, coordinating and advisory board for the independent member organizations. The Board designated $66,953 for the Center's comprehensive cancer prevention initiative, including the Prevention Pavilion now under construction; $35,000 for its postdoctoral program and the remainder for research at Fox Chase.

The Bucks County Chapter gave an all-time high of $227,000, designating $125,000 for the prevention campaign and $102,000 for research. The Trading Post, a group operating a highly successful thrift and consignment shop in Paoli, Pa., donated $162,000, all for research.

The Friends of the Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center gave $125,000-an all-time high for that organization. The Friends designated $87,000 for patient care and $38,000 for the recently established Karen Havelin Nursing Scholarship. Havelin, an oncology nurse at Fox Chase for 25 years, was president of the Friends when she died in an auto accident in December 1997.

Other contributions included $43,000 from the Marlyn R. Fein Chapter, $20,000 from the Fox Chase Chapter and $10,000 from the Frances Borowsky Chapter. All three gifts will support research except for $1,000 the Fox Chase Chapter designated for the Center's Talbot Research Library.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 37 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

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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