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Marlyn Fein

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.

“We started raising money for Fox Chase with Marlyn’s family, friends, and classmates,” he says. “We wanted to honor her memory and help Fox Chase provide for others the kind of care she received.”

With more than 200 members, the group is more active than ever. Through an annual program of events including holiday gift-wrapping, fashion shows, and bingo nights, the group has raised more than $1 million for Fox Chase.

Throughout most of its history, the chapter has supported general research and patient care. This year, for the first time, it directed its support to three specific areas: the Keystone Program in Blood Cell Development and Cancer, the Women’s Cancer Center, and the dermatology screening program. “Fortunately, because of the generosity of our members, we’ve been able to increase the amount we give to Fox Chase in recent years,” says Penny Fisher, chapter president. “This year, we wanted to take a more active role in designating where the funds are applied.”

What motivates the volunteers? “Every member has their own personal reason for joining, but it’s the connections among us that keep us going,” Fisher says.

“Many of us live in the surrounding neighborhoods and know firsthand what a wonderful place Fox Chase is. This is our way to give back—and we have so much fun doing it.”

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