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Donor Stories

Honoring a loved one. Supporting innovative research. Expressing gratitude for compassionate care.

There are many motivations behind the gifts supporting the mission of Fox Chase Cancer Center. These are the stories of Fox Chase donors.

Daphne Sawyer’s Gifts Say Thanks for Parents’ Health

A “no-brainer”—that’s how Daphne Sawyer describes her family’s decision to choose Fox Chase for their cancer care, and her later decision to make a planned gift to the Center in her charitable action plan.  “It just made sense,” she says. Read more.

Don MorelNew Partnership Promises Benefits for Patients

A recognized leader in kinase research, Fox Chase chief scientific officer Jonathan Chernoff, MD, PhD, knew that launching a Cancer Kinome Initiative could mean substantial payoff for patients. Now he needed supporters to jump start the Initiative until its work could mature to earn more external funding. In Don and Lauren Morel, he found the perfect philanthropic partners. Read more.

Dick MilhamRichard Millham Thanks Fox Chase with Planned Gifts

Dick Millham and his late wife both received exemplary treatment for cancer at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and he is passionate about his planned gifts to fund “research, research, research.” Read more.

Carol ElfantCarol Elfant’s Bequest Honors Top Quality Care

With a former career as a computer programmer working in support of NASA’s space mission, Carol Elfant appreciates precision and top-notch problem solving skills. When both of her parents were diagnosed with cancer in the late 1990s, Carol selected Fox Chase Cancer Center for their treatment. Around that same time, Carol was diagnosed and received treatment at Fox Chase for endocrinal cancer. What she found there impressed her. She says, “The warmth, friendliness, helpfulness, and love—you wouldn’t expect that at a hospital; but it’s there, along with competent care.” Read more.

Norman WattsPlanned Gift Offers Best Solution for Norman Watts

Norman F. Watts, age 75, is an expert at solving problems. In his profession as wealth manager, clients often come to him with complicated and vexing tax problems. He says, “I come up with 36,000 solutions as to the effort, cost, and time and try to select the best possible solution.” So it’s no surprise that Watts has selected Fox Chase Cancer Center for a significant planned gift. As he explains, “I chose Fox Chase because of its effort in attempting to solve the most difficult problems.” Read more.

Help that Honors

Betty Bishop says she cried when she heard what her husband Reggie Bishop had done. Read more.

Diane NylandDiane Nyland’s Gift of Life Insurance Policy Supports Fox Chase

In making her gift to the Fox Chase Cancer Center, Diane Nyland explains, “There is a sense of security knowing that your loved one is being treated and cared for by physicians and nurses who are talented, compassionate, and knowledgeable.” She adds that she truly appreciates the Fox Chase motto: “Cancer is all we do, all day, every day.” Read more

David MarshallA Personal Investment

With 18 years on Fox Chase’s board of directors—the last three as its chairman—David Marshall has helped to oversee a transformative phase at Fox Chase, including the construction of new facilities, the recruitment of a president, and an historic affiliation with Temple University Health System. Read more.

Cheryl HermanA Family Affair

Cheryl Herman remembers the moment her rabbi told her, "When people grieve, they must let themselves feel the pain—but then they pick themselves up, learn from the experience, and do something about it." Shortly after the death of her sister, Eileen, from breast cancer in 1999, Cheryl followed this advice and turned her family's loss into a virtual vocation. Read more.

The Fein FamilyA Living Legacy

They consider themselves Marlyn Fein’s family, although many of them never met her. The Marlyn R. Fein Chapter of the Board of Associates, a volunteer fundraising group, continues to thrive and grow—and raise money for Fox Chase—35 years after Fein’s death, at 25, from the bone cancer osteogenic sarcoma. Frank Fein, Marlyn’s widower, never imagined that the group would grow into the organization it is today. Read more.

Phillip FanningGoing the Distance

As a former steeplechase jockey and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses, Philip Fanning knows about winning. And that’s exactly what was on his mind when he first came to Fox Chase more than two decades ago. Read more.

The Zaslow boysBand of Brothers

From an early age, brothers Arnie, Jerry, and Spencer Zaslow were schooled on the importance of family unity—a value that continues to guide their personal lives, work, and philanthropy. “‘No matter what you’re able to accomplish by yourself, you’ll always accomplish more together,’ ” Arnie recalls his parents saying. Read more.