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Andrew Pack, a fundraising professional and active philanthropist.

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Prostate Cancer Foundation Describes Risk Factors

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Prostate Cancer Foundation

Served the Christiana Care Health System as its executive director of development, Andrew Pack previously held a similar position with the Variety Club of Philadelphia. During his tenure, Andrew Pack earned the Fiscal Excellence Award given by the Variety Club’s national headquarters.

He supports many community causes, among them the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), whose mission is to enhance research into prostate cancer. The PCF has identified several risk factors associated with the disease.

Prostate cancer is most common among men over 60, with a 1 in 14 chance of occurrence. Men aged 30 to 59 have a 1 in 38 chance of developing the disease.

In addition to age, family history and genetics play a part. Having a brother or father with prostate cancer doubles the likelihood of developing the disease. If a family member was diagnosed before 55, or three family members have had the disease, the risk increases further.

Location also factors in to prostate cancer rates. Men as a whole in the United States have a 17 percent risk, while those living in rural China are at 2 percent. (This figure increases if the latter group moves to a Western nation.) Those living above 40 degrees north longitude have the greatest risk among Americans.

In recent years, scientists have identified two kinds of prostate cancer: low-risk and aggressive. For example, smoking and a lack of vegetables in the diet boost the chances of the aggressive variety, but not the low-risk disease. Being tall and sedentary, and having high levels of calcium also increase the likelihood of aggressive prostate cancer.


Variety Club of Philadelphia Aids Children’s Development

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Variety Club of Philadelphia

Having served as the executive director of development for Christiana Care Health System, Andrew Pack draws on fundraising skills he gained from a previous position at the Variety Club of Philadelphia. For the Variety Club, Andrew Pack emphasized major gifts programs rather than separate fundraising events.

The club offers activities for children who are disabled. Summer is the peak season, with day and weekend camps and job skills training events. Also available is the extended school year program.

This opportunity assists persons from age 5 to 21 during the break between school years. It helps individuals with developmental disabilities maintain and build on the knowledge they acquired in autumn school sessions. Classes are offered for six- and eight-week periods.

A typical day’s schedule begins with arrival at 9 a.m. and a group gathering in a circle. Therapy and individualized educational plans follow. Lunch is preceded by a reinforcement period. Afternoon activities include group therapy and swimming. The day ends at 3 p.m. with the closing circle. Extended care is available before and after hours.

Children’s Crisis Treatment Center Offers Friends Program

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Children’s Crisis Treatment Center

A former executive director of development for Christiana Care Health System in New Castle, Delaware, Andrew Pack volunteers his time and services with organizations including the local Philadelphia SPCA. In addition, he was the executive director of the Variety Club of Philadelphia from 1998 until 2009. Andrew Pack also supports the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center (CCTC).

CCTC is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit agency that focuses on behavioral health services for more than 2,400 children and their families. Established more than 40 years ago, CCTC addresses the impact of traumatic events, child abuse, neglect, and other areas that affect early childhood development.

The Friends of the CCTC program helps raise funds for the agency. Established in 2004, the group boasts more than 350 members and seeks to strengthen the mission of offering high-quality behavioral health services. Members share ideas with likeminded individuals, partake in hands-on volunteer opportunities, and work closely with the children who use CCTC’s services.

In recognition of their support, Friends members receive discounted tickets to CCTC events, including the annual Round-Up and Cruise for Kids. Membership to the organization costs $40 annually.