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Fox Chase Cancer Center Supports Freedom Riders

PHILADELPHIA (July 26, 2001) -- In an era of ever increasing violence in our schools and communities, it is unusual to find students who are dedicated to resolving conflicts nonviolently and eager to instill similar ideals in others. But that is just what the participants, the so called Freedom Riders, in the 14th Annual Freedom Ride sponsored by the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. are trying to accomplish and Fox Chase Cancer Center is proud to endorse their efforts.

This nine day tour begins in Washington, DC on July 23, 2001 and concludes at the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia on July 31. Students ages 14 to 21 will travel to historically significant sites of the Civil Rights Movement, such as the location of the Great March on Washington, The Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee where Dr. King was assassinated, and they will travel on the Selma to Montgomery road.

Through workshops, videos, skits, and songs students will gain a working knowledge of the nonviolent beliefs and methods of Dr. King and become better equipped to handle conflicts in this manner. They will meet with political leaders, Civil Rights leaders, historians, and other students at each stop who will help these Freedom Riders trace the living history of the Civil Rights Movement. By travelling on buses and staying in dormitories and with host families, students will have the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the plight suffered by those who struggled to achieve justice and equality and were not permitted to use any other public accommodations during the Jim Crow era.

The high achieving, self-motivated students selected for this exceptional experience will keep a daily journal of what they learn for which they will receive academic credit. Once the program concludes, they will take what they learn about nonviolent social change back to their schools and try to infuse others with these valuable lessons.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is honored to be endorse these hardworking young leaders that are endeavoring to change the world in which they live.

Don Leedy, executive vice president of Fox Chase Cancer Center, expressed enthusiasm about this outstanding opportunity for students. "It is rewarding for me to see young people with a genuine interest in the significant events of the past that continue to affect us each and every day. And it is always exciting to see those who really want to make a difference in their communities," Leedy explained. "At Fox Chase, we have always been interested in enriching the community and by sponsoring these deserving and inspirational young people, we are confident that we are contributing in a way that will benefit society as a whole."

Fox Chase joins others such as the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Community College of Philadelphia, and Rosemont College in supporting this project.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation's first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center's web site at

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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