PHILADELPHIA (January 15, 2012) – Beat the winter blues by attending the 3rd Annual GIST Benefit Ball––an old Hollywood themed casino night that will help raise funds for cancer research at Fox Chase Cancer Center. The event will take place on Saturday, February 18, from 7-10 p.m. at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia (210 West Rittenhouse Square). Guests attending the ball will enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and stations, dancing, silent auctions, raffles, music, and of course casino games.
Julie Cramer and her sister Stephanie Becker-Levitt will be hosting this year’s event in honor of their father, Mark Becker, who died in July 2009 from a soft-tissue sarcoma known as a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)—a relatively rare cancer that begins in the digestive tract or stomach. Julie and Stephanie’s father lived with the disease for twelve years.
There are only a handful of hospitals that have researchers dedicated to the study and treatment of GIST—Fox Chase is one of them. They have some of the nation’s most experienced oncologists and surgeons who treat the disease. In particular, Fox Chase medical oncologist Margaret von Mehren, MD, has been vital to the development of new drug therapies for GIST patients.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit gistbenefitball.weebly.com or contact Julie Cramer at 609-668-9714 or [email protected]. Tickets are $125/per person and include wine and beer. All proceeds from the event will go to GIST research being done at Fox Chase Cancer Center.