Fox Chase Cancer Center Team Rallies for Race for the Cure

PHILADELPHIA (May 10, 2015)—Faculty and staff, volunteers, patients, survivors, and their families will come together as members of the Fox Chase Cancer Center/Temple Health team at Susan G. Komen Philadelphia’s 25th Annual Race for the Cure on Mother’s Day—Sunday, May 10, 2015.

The family-friendly 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun walk, which will take place at Eakins Oval and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, helps raise funds for breast cancer research, community grants, and educational and outreach initiatives through Susan G. Komen Philadelphia. The event will begin with opening ceremonies at 7 am, including the Survivors Parade of Pink, followed by race activities at 8:15 am.

“What is remarkable about this day is the ability to look down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and actually see – actually feel – the number of people that this disease has touched,” said Fox Chase breast cancer surgeon Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, who serves as co-captain of the Fox Chase team along with Bonnie Miller, Administrative Director of Fox Chase’s Women’s Cancer Center.

“Collectively there are ‘teams’ everywhere; groups of people banded together to voice concern or support louder than any of them could do individually–and we at Fox Chase are so proud to join with others in our community to take part in this important effort,” Bleicher said.

The Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center, which opened in summer 2009, as the Philadelphia region’s first facility of its kind, builds on Fox Chase’s longstanding history of world-renowned expertise in breast and gynecologic cancers. Its offerings reflect Fox Chase’s comprehensive approach with both clinical and research programs spanning the continuum of care from risk assessment, screening and diagnostics to treatment, support, and survivorship. In addition, the Center offers therapies available only through clinical trials at Fox Chase.

“Fox Chase has a long and proud association with Susan G. Komen Philadelphia, not only joining with the nonprofit each year at Race for the Cure, but also as the recipient of grant funding for cancer research and community outreach efforts, as well as awards recognizing the work of our outstanding breast cancer treatment team,” said Miller.

For more information about the 2015 Race for the Cure, to register to join the Fox Chase team on race day, or to make a donation, visit komenphiladelphia.org.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer 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 is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. 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 five 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. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

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