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Evy Lessin Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research Presents Check to Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (January 14, 2004) -- For 13 years, friends and family of Evy Lessin have raised money in support of ovarian cancer research at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Lessin died in 1991 of ovarian cancer, a disease that strikes 25,400 women each year leading to the death of 14,300 women annually. The Evy Lessin Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research was founded shortly after Lessin's death.

In December, Lessin's friends Anne "Honey" Levin, Mimi Dash, Harriette Goldenberg, Barbara Friedman, and Molly Freedman presented a check for $6,130 to Fox Chase Cancer Center ovarian cancer researchers Robert F. Ozols, MD, PhD and Thomas C. Hamilton, PhD. During their visit to Fox Chase, Denise Connelly, PhD explained the ovarian cancer research conducted in one of the Fox Chase laboratories for Levin, Dash, Freedman, Friedman, and Goldenberg.

Over the years, friends of Evy Lessin have hosted a number of fundraisers including an antique auction and fashion shows. To date, the Evy Lessin Fund has raised more than $250,000 for ovarian cancer research at Fox Chase.

If you'd like more information about the Evy Lessin Fund or information about starting a foundation in a loved one's memory, please contact Fox Chase Cancer Center at 215-728-GIFT.

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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