Fox Chase Cancer Center has covered many milestones in its long and prestigious history, from the development of the hepatitis B vaccine to the discovery of how proteins are broken down and recycled.
Just last year we marked the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Philadelphia Chromosome with a symposium, bringing together the scientific world to honor Drs. David Hungerford and Peter Nowell and explore the future of targeted therapies.
This November, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of another innovative program in the movement toward personalized medicine: the Fox Chase Risk Assessment Program (RAP), one of the first of its kind in the nation. I’ve invited Mary Daly, MD., Ph.D., Chair of the Fox Chase Department of Clinical Genetics and Founding Director of RAP, to say a few words about this special occasion.
Be well, Bob
When we started the Risk Assessment Program in 1991, we focused solely on individuals with a family history of breast and/or ovarian cancer. It is amazing to think how we’ve grown, adding prostate, GI, and lung cancers, as well as melanoma, under our umbrella. I am extremely proud of how far we’ve come in 20 years, and we could not have achieved any of it without our RAP families, who are the heart and foundation of the program.
To bring together the oncologists, nurses, genetic counselors and families who have contributed so much to our growth, we will hold a special event at WHYY’s Hamilton Media Commons in Old City, Philadelphia, on Sunday, November 13, 2011. I’ve asked Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D., host of WHYY-FM’s “Voices in the Family” and health reporter Maiken Scott to join us in conversation about the importance of talking to loved ones about cancer. Members of the RAP family will also share their experiences on the panel, as well as through feature videos illustrating the role of the program in their families’ health journey. I am certain that it will be a wonderful and thought-provoking afternoon.
If you or someone you know has taken part in the Risk Assessment Program, I invite you to share in the 20th anniversary celebration by submitting photos to be featured in a slideshow at the anniversary event and on our anniversary website: www.foxchase.org/rapcelebration. I look forward in sharing these memories with you, and making more over the next 20 years.
Mary B. Daly
For more information about the 20th Anniversary Celebration, email email@example.com or call 215-728-4788 or 215-728-2465, or for more information on how you can join the RAP family and learn more about your risk, visit www.fccc.edu/prevention/riskAssessment.
To hear more from Dr. Daly about the importance of risk assessment, listen to her One Great Idea on Philly.com.
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
Delaware Valley Chapter’s
13th Annual 5K Run/Walk & 1.5 Mile Walk to
Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer
Saturday, September 10, 2011 Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia
Please join Team Fox Chase on Saturday (the forecast is for sunny skies), at the 13th annual NOCC walk, and first ever 5K run, on a USATF Certified Course through Fairmount Park! Awards will be given to first place overall male and female finishers, and medals to top 5 male and female finishers, the “Top Docs,” top overall Survivor finisher and top individual and team fundraisers.
Fox Chase Cancer Center is pleased to be a premier sponsor of this special event. And yours truly will be delivering the key note speech. Join the Fox Chase team now!
While you’re there, please visit the Survivor Tent, Kids Tent, Health Fair Tent, food and beverages, special guest speakers and live entertainment. Proceeds raised from all activities benefit the Chapter’s awareness & education programs. You won’t want to miss this event!
The Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer is the largest awareness event for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition. Organized by local Chapter volunteers, this event celebrates our survivors, remembers those we’ve lost to ovarian cancer and increases awareness about the disease.
If you have questions, please contact the Delaware Valley Chapter at (215) 997-8075 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On-line registration is now closed, however registration is available on the day of the event. We look forward to seeing you!