PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today announced that Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) will sponsor the 2016 Parkway Run & Walk, taking place September 25 along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 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.
"The Parkway Run & Walk is the biggest event of the year for our employees and their families," said Bob O'Leary, president and CEO at Philadelphia Insurance Companies. "TEAMPHLY has fun raising money in our office and community each year. We are passionately committed to supporting the patients, families, doctors and researchers in the fight against pediatric cancer."
A sponsor of the Parkway Run & Walk for 13 consecutive years, PHLY has contributed $735,000 to advance the mission of the Cancer Center at CHOP, donating more than $100,000 last year alone. In 2016, PHLY will match individual fundraising donations dollar-for-dollar – up to $25,000 – through a unique email campaign. Also this year, the company is spearheading a new effort, the "TEAMPHLY CHOP Challenge," offering incentives to fundraising teams of all sizes. As part of the program, from September 1 through September 8, PHLY will provide a dollar-for-dollar match to the first 10 teams that raise $500 during the month of September.
"Philadelphia Insurance Companies has been a tremendous philanthropic partner to CHOP for more than a decade," said Stephen P. Hunger, M.D., chief of the Division of Oncology and director of the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "As we prepare for this year's Parkway Run & Walk, we are incredibly appreciative of their generosity and ongoing commitment to helping us fight childhood cancer – one step at a time."
One of the largest pediatric cancer programs in the nation, the Cancer Center at CHOP treats more than 550 newly diagnosed children each year. 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. A hallmark event, the Parkway Run & Walk is a poignant finale to the Cancer Center's efforts to raise funds and awareness during September's National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.
For more information about this year's Parkway Run & Walk, and to register, please visit: http://parkway.chop.edu.
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.
About Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) is a national commercial property casualty and professional liability carrier offering more than 100 insurance products for niche industries. Recognized as one of the "Best Places to Work in the Insurance Industry" and one of the "Top Workplaces in Philadelphia," the company and its employees passionately support CHOP and hundreds of charities across the country. For more information, visit https://www.phly.com/.
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