Fox Chase Cancer Center to Take Part in American Lung Association’s Annual Lung Force Walk

April 29, 2021

Hossein Borghaei, co-captain for the Fox Chase teamHossein Borghaei, co-captain for the Fox Chase team

PHILADELPHIA (April 29, 2021)—Fox Chase Cancer Center will be supporting the American Lung Association with a team at the Lung Force Walk 2021, which will be held May 15. This 3-mile walk through the historic Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia helps support and promote lung health by raising money for early disease detection and life-saving research.

“I participate on behalf of our institution because we believe it is not only a show of support for our patients and family members but also a way to raise funds to support ongoing research efforts in lung cancer,” said Hossein Borghaei, DO, MS, co-captain for the Fox Chase team and professor in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Fox Chase.

Borghaei is leading the Fox Chase team along with Margie L. Clapper, PhD, Deputy Scientific Director, and Johnathan R. Whetstine, PhD, Director of the Cancer Epigenetics Institute. Last year, Whetstine received the association’s Lung Cancer Discovery Award, a $100,000 grant to research epigenetic factors affecting lung cancer.

In addition to the association’s goal of supporting those with lung disease, the American Lung Association has launched a COVID-19 Action Initiative as part of the Lung Force Walk. The initiative aims to end COVID-19 and fund research to help protect against future respiratory virus pandemics.

The $25 million initiative will provide free lung health education and masks to those in need, advocate for COVID-19 and flu vaccines in underserved communities, and provide funds for research.

The 2021 Lung Force Walk will take place on May 15. Considering updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Philadelphia city guidelines, and national American Lung Association best practices, participants and teams will be assigned a time between 8:30 a.m. and noon to report to the registration area located at Head House Square at 2nd & Lombard streets. There will be a welcoming ceremony for each group prior to the start of their walk time. There is no registration fee, but all participants are encouraged to raise funds.

Register here to join Fox Chase Cancer Center at the 2021 Lung Force Walk.

The Hospital of Fox Chase Cancer Center and its affiliates (collectively “Fox Chase Cancer Center”), a member of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment 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 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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