A few days before the Seattle Seahawks crushed the Denver Broncos at Super Bowl XLVIII, the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital (ACC-PAH) celebrated its second annual “Souper Bowl.” Unwilling to coast on the success of Souper Bowl I, Marylou Osterman, Cancer Center coordinator, Carly Roop, nutritionist, and Jenny Egg, social worker, lead a team of coworkers and volunteers to host a second event with increased attendance and sales.

Show L to R from the ACC-PAH are Debra DeMille, Marylou Osterman, Jenny Egg and Carly Roop.

On January 28, while the rest of Philadelphia – and much of the northeast – was in the grips of single-digit temperatures, the Farm Journal Building was warm and filled with the aromas of delicious homemade soups. “The terrific smells attracted over 100 people to stop into Souper Bowl II,” said Osterman. “Plus, patients, caregivers and staff from all floors of Farm Journal were grateful to have such a great lunch option right in our building on such a freezing cold day!”


The Souper Bowls are held in support of the ACC-PAH team participating in the annual American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. “While the Souper Bowl gives us a chance to take a break from our hectic schedules and spend some time with colleagues, friends and patients, our primary goal is to raise money and awareness and increase attendance for our Relay for Life Team, ‘Together We Can,’” said Osterman. “The American Cancer Society is a great local resource, available 24/7, for people with cancer and their families. This year I’m thrilled to report that in on only a couple of hours, we raised over $600 at Souper Bowl II – surpassing last year’s event.”

Each year, over four million people from over 20 countries partake in the global community walk to raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. During a Relay event, participants and cancer survivors celebrate what they’ve overcome and run a victory “Survivors Lap.” This year’s Relay for Life of South Philadelphia will be held Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., at Marconi Plaza, on Broad Street, between Oregon and Packer Avenues.

A true team effort, staff chipped in to cook up five different kinds of homemade soups, two types of chili (regular and vegetarian), and tasty desserts. Guests were also treated to a soup toppings bar, beverages and all the buttered rolls they could eat. Bowls and flatware were donated for the event by the Department of Food and Nutrition at Pennsylvania Hospital.

“The soup was excellent and a wonderful warm treat on a bitterly cold day. The Souper Bowl was a win-win for the Abramson Cancer Center as well as all the hungry staff. Marylou Osterman deserves the MVP for the event,” said Souper Bowl II attendee and Welcome Desk representative Barbara Swierczynski.

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