PHILADELPHIA (November 15, 2019) – NBC10 and Telemundo62, in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, will host Progress and Promise Against Cancer Day, a live phone bank on Tuesday, November 19, from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET. Now in its second year, the live broadcast will feature some of the world’s greatest minds in cancer research. Representatives from the Philadelphia region’s largest health care and academic institutions will answer questions about advancements in cancer research including prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.
"Our first phone bank with AACR held last year proved to be very successful and garnered hundreds of viewer calls," said Anzio Williams, Vice President of News for NBC10 and Telemundo62. "We are proud to partner once again with the American Association for Cancer Research to provide our viewers with direct access to the region’s leading medical experts in the field of cancer research in two languages."
More than 20 distinguished AACR-member physicians, scientists, and advocates specializing in various types of cancer will take questions, in English and Spanish, from viewers who can call, text or email their questions during the program.
These AACR members treat patients and conduct research at Philadelphia’s leading institutions including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel College of Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research at Main Line Health, Penn Medicine, and The Wistar Institute. Joining the experts, the AACR has also convened survivor advocates to engage with viewers, learn about their cancer journeys, and share their own.
NBC10 and Telemundo62 will also air news stories leading up to the November 19 broadcast about breakthroughs in cancer research led by Philadelphia cancer experts, which have resulted in practice-changing treatments for patients worldwide, as well as inspiring stories about AACR survivor advocates who have benefited from lifesaving cancer research.
"Progress and Promise Against Cancer Day is a truly remarkable opportunity to connect AACR-member cancer experts with the community so they can learn first-hand about the exciting breakthroughs in cancer research occurring right here in the Philadelphia region," said Mitch Stoller, Chief Philanthropic Officer of the AACR. "As cancer touches virtually everyone, we are extremely grateful to NBC10 and Telemundo62 for creating a platform that helps to increase the public’s knowledge about cancer."
Viewers can submit their questions to email@example.com. NBC10 and Telemundo62 will announce the toll-free number at 4 p.m. on November 19. Viewers can visit NBC10.com and Telemundo62.com to obtain resources about cancer and cancer research.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, the American Association for Cancer Research is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research through research, education, collaboration, communication, advocacy, and research funding. The AACR has more than 44,000 members worldwide with more than 1,500 AACR members consisting of physicians, scientists, and survivor advocates in the Greater Philadelphia region, all dedicated to preventing and curing all cancers.
"As we get ready to celebrate the 26th running of Marathon Weekend in Philadelphia, we couldn't be more pleased to join once again with the American Association for Cancer Research as the Marathon's title partner," explained Leo Dignam, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Marathon Weekend. "Together, we will make this a 'Great Race, Great City, and Great Cause' as we have more registrants than we've ever had, and they keep returning to run in historic Philadelphia. We are also proud and grateful to our media partners, NBC10 and Telemundo62, for their generosity to step up and produce this premier event to provide expert information to help those dealing with cancer across the region."
The AACR Philadelphia Marathon will take place on Sunday, November 24, and is the largest race in the nation that is affiliated with a cause. Those registered for Marathon Weekend can still join the AACR Runners for Research team. For more information and to support AACR Runners for Research, go to www.PhiladelphiaMarathon.com.
ABOUT NBC10 PHILADELPHIA / WCAU
Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC10 Philadelphia has been delivering local news, information and weather for more than 60 years, serving nearly six million viewers throughout Greater Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, South Jersey and Delaware. Viewers turn to NBC10 for the most up-to-date breaking news and weather on a variety of platforms, including online at nbc10.com and via mobile and social platforms. NBC10 produces more than 41 hours of local news programming per week. COZI TV, the station’s multicast network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series and hit movies as well as local programming. COZI TV can be seen on Comcast channel 248, Verizon channel 460, RCN channel 28 and over-the-air on digital 10.2.
ABOUT TELEMUNDO62 PHILADELPHIA / WWSI
Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo62 / WWSI is NBC’s Owned Television Stations local station serving Spanish-speaking viewers throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, including 18 counties across Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware. Telemundo62 viewers start their mornings with Primera Edición, an hour-long, local Spanish-language newscast airing weekdays at 6 a.m. and continue to receive the latest in local news and weather information during Al Mediodía, a 30 minute newscast airing weekdays at 12 p.m. Noticiero Telemundo62 is a locally produced, live Spanish-language newscast, airing weekdays at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Viewers turn to Noticiero Telemundo62 for local news, weather, sports and community coverage on-air and on the Telemundo62 app. Telemundo62 produces 18 hours of local, Spanish language news programming per week. For more information, visit Telemundo62.com
ABOUT THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF CANCER RESEARCH
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes 44,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and patient advocates residing in 120 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 30 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 22,500 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual investigator grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and other policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. For more information about the AACR, visit www.AACR.org.
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA MARATHON
The Philadelphia Marathon Weekend welcomes over 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers each year. Race Weekend 2019 features the AACR Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 24; the Dietz & Watson Half Marathon, Rothman Orthopaedics 8k and Dunkin’ Munchkin Run on Saturday, November 23; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 22and Saturday, November 23. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia’s famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by registering at www.philadelphiamarathon.com.