Fox Chase Cancer Center Hosts 17th Annual Paws for the Cause Charity Dog Walk

PHILADELPHIA (September 27, 2016) – Grab your furry friend and head to Fox Chase Cancer Center’s 17th annual Paws for the Cause to enjoy a Sunday stroll in the beautiful fall weather while raising money for cancer research.

MJ Flannery and her Buddy
MJ Flannery and her Buddy

Join patient ambassador and breast cancer survivor Mary Jean “MJ” Flannery and her canine companion, Buddy, on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and enjoy music, food, pet photos, and contests, prizes and raffle baskets. Representatives from rescue organizations and pet-related vendors, along with nearly 400 dog walkers, will also be in attendance. Dawn Timmeney of Fox 29 News and her dog, Finley, will return as guest hosts for the event, which has raised more than $325,000 to date.

“Having an event like Paws for the Cause brings people together to tell their story and possibly help someone else,” said Flannery, who has raised more than $14,000 during the last four Paws walks with Buddy. “It's a reminder to enjoy the gift of life and to live it to the fullest with the ones around you. I have loved being a participant in the walk, and I’m looking forward to being an ambassador and helping raise critical funds that will help patients now and in the future.”

The event takes place on Fox Chase’s Northeast Philadelphia campus (333 Cottman Avenue in Philadelphia). Registration begins at 9 am and the walk begins at 10 am. Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12 in advance ($25 for adults and $15 for children younger than 12 on the day of the event). The event is sponsored by the Board of Associates of Fox Chase.

 “I am honored to return to host this year’s Paws for the Cause event and help raise money for cancer research and prevention programs,” said Timmeney. “I am looking forward to Paws for the Cause this year, and we can’t wait to get walking with the Fox Chase community.”

Best of Show lead sponsor Canine Country, located in Springhouse, Pa., and Best of Group sponsor American Federal Credit Union in Philadelphia are among the more than 20 sponsors of this year’s event.

For more information and to register, visit To sponsor MJ Flannery and Buddy, visit the event registration site, click on “Sponsor a Participant,” and search for MJ’s name.

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 six 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.

For more information, call 888-369-2427