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Patti LaBelle Supports Abramson Cancer Center

Monday through Thursday, December 17th - 20th, NBC 10 will air a live holiday singing competition called the "Clash of the Choirs."

In this new show, five professional / popular singers will become celebrity choir masters, leading choirs from their hometowns. During the four-day competition, the choir masters cast and train choirs to compete for a grand prize which will ultimately be donated to the charity of the winning choir master's choice.

Philadelphia fixture and favorite Patti LaBelle will lead the choir from her hometown. LaBelle has been deeply been affected by breast cancer in her family and has also had a long-time friend lose the fight against prostate cancer. If LaBelle and her Philadelphia choir win the competition, she has chosen the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and its "With Our Voices" program to receive the prize money.

Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert and Dr. Susan Domchek – along with a patient – were interviewed for their exceptional work on the "With Our Voices" program. While the With Our Voices program only focuses on breast cancer, the prize money, if given to the Abramson Cancer Center, will also be available for ovarian and prostate cancer screenings.


PENN Medicine is a $3.5 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is currently ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's survey of top research-oriented medical schools; and, according to most recent data from the National Institutes of Health, received over $379 million in NIH research funds in the 2006 fiscal year. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals — its flagship hospital, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, rated one of the nation’s “Honor Roll” hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center — a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

The Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) of the University of Pennsylvania is a national leader in cancer research, patient care, and education. The pre-eminent position of the Cancer Center is reflected in its continuous designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute for 30 years, one of 39 such Centers in the United States. The ACC is dedicated to innovative and compassionate cancer care. The clinical program, comprised of a dedicated staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, nutritionists and patient support specialists, currently sees over 50,000 outpatient visits, 3400 inpatient admissions, and provides over 25,000 chemotherapy treatments, and more than 65,000 radiation treatments annually. Not only is the ACC dedicated to providing state-of-the-art cancer care, the latest forms of cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment are available to our patients through clinical themes that developed in the relentless pursuit to eliminate the pain and suffering from cancer. In addition, the ACC is home to the 300 research scientists who work relentlessly to determine the pathogenesis of cancer. Together, the faculty is committed to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

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