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Lee Varallo O'Hagan - Patient Story

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"I think the compassion at Fox Chase is second to none."

— Lee Varallo O'Hagan, Volunteer, Fox Chase Resource and Education Center (REC)

For Lee Varallo O'Hagan and her husband, Paul, Fox Chase Cancer Center is more than just a collection of buildings in the northeast section of Philadelphia. To them and many others who have either been treated or have accompanied family members, Fox Chase has become a second home.

Lee was diagnosed in 1992 with stage IV oral cancer, which left her contemplating an unsure future. She was referred to Fox Chase and treated with surgery and radiation. Surprising many, Lee not only achieved the 5-year survival benchmark, but is alive more than a decade later to talk about it.

"I think the compassion at Fox Chase is second to none," Lee said. Lee is proud to be a cancer survivor, a donor and a Fox Chase volunteer in the Resource and Education Center (REC). "I owe everything to Fox Chase," her husband, Paul, said. "Without it, I would not have my wife, a survivor of nearly TWO decades."

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