PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 2016 Parkway Run & Walk raised over $1 million to support childhood cancer research and care at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Held on September 25, thousands of supporters – including families, friends, neighbors, teachers, doctors, nurses, local business leaders and more – participated, many in honor or memory of a CHOP patient. 98.1 WOGL's Valerie Knight and 94 WIP's Michael Barkann served as this year's event emcees.
Held every September, the Parkway Run & Walk is the largest annual fundraiser for the Cancer Center at CHOP, an internationally recognized leader in pediatric cancer treatment and research. Each year, the Center treats more than 550 newly diagnosed children.
"The extraordinary success of the Parkway Run & Walk is a tribute to the dedication and incredible support of the entire CHOP community, as well as our neighbors in Philadelphia and beyond," said Stephen Hunger, M.D., chief of the Division of Oncology and director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "To see the community come together for one day and for one cause is remarkable. Many of the teams are focused on, and include, children being treated for cancer at CHOP, but it is particularly poignant to see teams who participate in memory of a child who has passed away. This underscores our mission to work hard every day to cure this disease."
Patients and families come to CHOP from around the globe to receive the best pediatric cancer care from some of the world's top clinicians. Not only are CHOP's oncologists providing the most advanced treatments for pediatric cancers, they are also working every day to develop new therapies, as well as addressing the late effects of cancer treatment felt by those who have won their fight.
A hallmark event, the Parkway Run & Walk is a poignant finale as part of the Cancer Center's efforts to raise funds and awareness during September's National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Each year, thousands of participants converge on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, many with signs and t-shirts dedicated to children in the community who have been diagnosed with cancer. It is a time of celebration and reflection, and an opportunity to re-connect with the doctors, nurses and staff from the Cancer Center.
About the Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has one of the largest pediatric cancer programs in the United States, which is continuously top-ranked by U.S.News & World Report and by Parents Magazine. Its large basic and clinical research programs are particularly strong in pediatric neuro-oncology, neuroblastoma, leukemia and lymphoma, and sarcomas. Of all pediatric institutions, Children's Hospital enrolls the most patients in national clinical trials, working in close collaboration with national organizations such as the Children's Oncology Group. Physicians at Children's Hospital have had pioneering roles in developing international standards for diagnosing and treating neuroblastoma, and in developing programs for survivors of childhood cancer.
About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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