Robert Burger, MD, Director, Women’s Cancer Center at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Mike Marstellar

Mike Marsteller, Founder, HCM Foundation

As clinicians, we are trained to treat our patient’s medical conditions. Of course, we understand the importance of treating the whole person. One of the benefits of working at Fox Chase Cancer Center is the phenomenal support for our patients provided by our  Social Work department.

Fox Chase social workers have a great relationship with many community-based organizations designed to support patients and their families. Most of these groups rely on the support of the community for funding, including HCM Foundation, a local non-profit organization that provides opportunities and financial support to cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

HCMlogoI would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to a remarkable young man, Mike Marsteller, who established the HCM Foundation after working in the Fox Chase Fitness Center (which, unfortunately, is no longer in existence).

Mike isn’t your typical 29-year-old. This Emmaus, PA native has integrated his past learning experiences to help families who are significantly impacted by cancer, including many Fox Chase families. According to Mike, he thrives on staying active, whether he’s running, cycling or living a healthy lifestyle.

Fox Chase social workers, such as JoAnne Rufo, connect appropriate patients in need of financial assistance to HCM.  “Mike’s foundation has been helping our patients for a couple years now and has been an invaluable resource for all of the social workers,” says JoAnn.

Mark Your Calendar for August 4!

HCM RunIf you want to join the HCM family and support its mission, please join them for the Fox Chase Away Cancer 5K Run/1.5 Mile Walk on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Saint Basil Academy, which is located at 711 Fox Chase Road, Jenkintown, PA. Registration is $20 in advance, $25 on race day. Children under 12 are free. All proceeds will benefit patient care at Fox Chase, as well as programs offered by the HCM Foundation. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, visit www.hcmfoundation.org.

Be well,

Bob