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Dragon Boat Teams Raise Funds For Fox Chase Cancer Center

PHILADELPHIA (Sepember 11, 2009) – Catch the action along the Schuylkill River as the 2009 Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival gets underway on Saturday, October 3 starting at 8 a.m.  This year a number of teams will take part in the race to raise funds for cancer research at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Dragon boats are the world's largest flat water racing canoes, propelled by a crew of 20 paddlers, plus a drummer and steersperson. The paddlers move in unison, combining strength with teamwork in a dragon boat adorned with an elaborate design that originates in ancient China. Synchronicity is more important than strength. A perfectly synchronized team will almost always beat a stronger, less coordinated team.

Dragon Boat teams from corporations, community organizations, and schools will take part in this year's Philadelphia event. For more information on the teams raising funds for cancer research at Fox Chase or to make a donation, visit

For more information about the 2009 Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival, visit

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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