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The Flyers Wives Support Fox Chase Cancer Center Initiatives

Flyers Wives Jessica Schultz, Olivia VandeVelde, Erinn Hakstol and Mary Ann Saleski with Fox Chase President and CEO Richard I. Fisher, MDFlyers Wives Jessica Schultz, Olivia VandeVelde, Erinn Hakstol and Mary Ann Saleski with Fox Chase President and CEO Richard I. Fisher, MDIn 2015, the Philadelphia Flyers Wives partnered with Fox Chase Cancer Center in order to play an integral role in the fight against cancer. Now renamed Flyers Charities, this partnership provides the opportunity to accomplish their goal.

Fox Chase Cancer Center has long been in the vanguard of breast cancer treatment and research. Its Women’s Cancer Center, established in 2007 as the region’s first cancer center dedicated to women, builds on the institution’s world-renowned expertise in breast and gynecologic cancers. The Center provides multidisciplinary programs to support both the physical and emotional needs of women faced with a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Support from the Flyers Charities helps Fox Chase fund the following initiatives:

Mobile Screening. One of the Center’s ongoing goals is the prevention or early detection of women’s cancers, including breast cancer. Although the five-county Greater Philadelphia area is rich with medical institutions and resources, many women in the region do not get regular mammograms. Fox Chase  provides the region’s only mobile screening unit, which proudly displays the Flyers Wives logo, with state-of-the-art mammography technology, providing convenience and potentially life-saving services for women in the community. Logging several days each week on the road, the van screens upwards of 3,000 women annually.

Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI). In addition to mammography, MBI —a specialized technique incorporating the use of nuclear medicine with breast imaging—is very useful in breast cancer screening for wPhiladelphia Flyers Wives Donate $400,000 to Fund the Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase in 2015-2016.Philadelphia Flyers Wives Donate $400,000 to Fund the Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase in 2015-2016.omen with dense breast tissue. Fox Chase recently purchased a MBI unit. This technology allows doctors to make precise diagnoses in cases where the initial ultrasound produced inconclusive results. Obtaining accurate results as early as possible affords patients the best chance for successful treatment.

Using Hormones to Prevent Breast Cancer. Jose Russo, MD, is the director of the Fox Chase Irma H. Russo, MD, Breast Cancer Research Laboratory. Research has shown that hormones produced during early pregnancy protect women from developing breast cancer.  Dr. Russo’s laboratory is exploring mimicking these pregnancy hormones with a natural hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)The mobile screening unitThe mobile screening unit in women at high risk for the disease, as a way to reduce the incidence of breast cancer.

Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Dr. Russo's laboratory is also investigatng how to control the invasion and metastasis of breast cancer. Dr. Russo and his colleagues are investigating a promising genetic target that may provide a new treatment option for women with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, which is historically difficult to treat. 

About the Flyers Charities

Since its inception, Flyers Charities has contributed over $26 million to charity. The funds raised from the Flyers Wives Carnival and other initiatives and events help support hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region, including the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Flyers Charities proudly supports a multitude of worthy non-profit organizations that provide educational and recreational resources to underserved youth, engage in important medical and healthcare research, and countless community development initiatives.

About the Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers are a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor.  The international sports and entertainment firm manages and operates arenas, stadiums, and convention centers; provides high-quality fresh food service; sells tickets and naming rights and ancillary income opportunities. Operating in 48 of the 50 United States, Canada, Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Macau, the company is part of the Comcast/NBC Universal family.