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Philadelphia-Mercy Cancer Center Rededicated, Receives Donation

More than 50 members of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women attended a recent rededication ceremony of the Iris V. Henderson Cancer Center at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, Philadelphia.

The ceremony included remarks from Mercy hematologist/oncologist Rene Rubin, MD, who discussed cancer prevention and triple negative breast cancer, an aggressive type of cancer for which African American women are at higher risk.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women also presented a $2,000 donation to benefit oncology services.

Iris Henderson, for whom the cancer center was named in honor, was an advocate for healthcare in West Philadelphia and a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

"Ms. Henderson was a fixture in the hospital and did everything in her power to improve the lives in this community," said Steven King Sr., senior director of operations at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital. "When she was diagnosed with cancer and found out that the type of treatment she needed wasn't available at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, she fought hard to get the funding to bring it here so that others could have better access."

Henderson's battle with cancer ended in 1990, just months short of an announcement that Mercy Philadelphia would receive a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that would bring her vision for a cancer center to fruition.

Two years later, ground officially broke for the cancer center that bears her name.

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