Notes of Hope for December

Program Spotlights

This month is the start of our 20 in 2 Spring Thaw Challenge…What is it??? Think of how motivated many of us are on New Year’s Day, as we form resolutions and set annual goals. Let’s see if we can help you bring back some of that momentum now that the weather is nicer and it’s a little easier to get out of the house to do something positive for yourself! Here’s what you can do… come to as many stress reduction and gentle movement classes as you wish during the next two months. We will then honor the survivors and caregivers who attend at least 20 programs and celebrate their accomplishments at a summer social party! Ask your program instructors for details. We hope to see you soon!

Jen Sinclair, Program Director

We are pleased to launch this new section of the newsletter, to feature special reading selections suggested by our volunteer librarian, Kathy Moyer. We truly appreciate Kathy’s time and efforts each month and thank her for coordinating the many valuable resources available in our educational library. April is Oral, Head, Neck and Throat Cancer Awareness Month, and to recognize these issues, here are two relevant publications for this month’s picks. Click here for full descriptions, and visit our resource library for other helpful, free information.

Living and Thriving With Head and Neck Cancer by Christopher M Lee MD (Author) - Designed to empower patients with knowledge and guidance on risk factors, diagnosis, treatments, nutritional supports, and emotional counseling.

A Caregiver's Guide to Throat Cancer: Honesty, hope, and humor to help you navigate the wild ride called Throat Cancer! by Susan Grant (Author) - A no-nonsense book to help patients and caregivers get organized, get informed, and stay positive.

If you would like to find out more about us, visit or call 610-861-7555.

Click here for our Program Calendar.

Our programs are free to participants, thanks to the generosity of a caring community. Financial donations received throughout the year are as important as those we receive year-end to sustain our vital services. Small or large, your gift is always very much appreciated!

Board of Directors

Sara George

Ginny Voros
Vice President

Pam Kennedy

Joan Lardner Paul

Board Members
Shirley Biggar
Susan D. Lee
Sheri Leo
Suzanne Mason
Daniel J. McCarthy
Tom Neuhaus
Uday Parekh
Dr. T. Kumar Pendurthi
Rebecca Rij-Flynn
Judith Savchak
Dale Schmelzle
Elizabeth Scofield
Kim Spotts-Kimmel, Esq.
David Yandrasitz

Save the Dates

Strides for Hope
April 24, 2016

Boutique at the Rink
Donation Drop Off: May 2 - 20, 2016
Sale Dates: May 31 - June 4, 2016

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
June 4, 2016

Garden of Hope
June 30, 2016

Wings of Hope
A Butterfly Release
September 10, 2016

Ride for Hope
motorcycle benefit run
October 1, 2016

Dollars for Doers
Does your employer have a matching gift program, or offer grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer?  If so, your contributions to the Cancer Support Community might be doubled! Matching gift programs are charitable giving opportunities set up by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations, dollar for dollar in most cases. Volunteer grant programs are set up by companies to provide monetary donations to eligible nonprofits as a way to recognize employee volunteerism. These programs enable corporations to give back to their communities and support organizations that employees are already passionate about. The Cancer Support Community welcomes support utilizing these options, so please take a few minutes to inquire at your workplace about a matching gift or volunteer grant. Your human resources, administrative or payroll departments will typically have all the information you need to get started.

Please visit the Donate.Local.Simple website for a more detailed list of needed items. (formerly the One Saturday Program)

We are grateful for your donations throughout the year. Inkind contributions of items on our Wish List are very much appreciated, and can be dropped off during normal business hours.

We thank the Muhlenburg College Panhellenic Council for participating in the 2016 Snowflake Challenge! Led by junior Emily Sachs, the group sold paper snowflakes on campus and raised $1,000 for the Cancer Support Community. 

Cancer is a word that has taunted my ears for as long as I can remember. I grew up knowing the disease’s capabilities and the tolls it had taken on my loved ones, but nothing rocked my world quite like my brother’s diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011. When I received the news, a fire was ignited within me and since then I have been involved in cancer awareness, advocacy, and fundraising. 

This news was a large influence in my decision to pursue my Bachelor of Social Work and now my Master’s Degree. When I started my graduate program and received feedback on different placements for my internship, that fire pushed me to find an agency that complimented my passion.  I was quickly pointed in the direction of the Cancer Support Community and have not looked back.

My brother and I have always believed that “no one fights alone” and my intention was to live those words. During my first tour of Cancer Support Community, I was greeted by the words “so that no one faces cancer alone” across the wall and instantly knew that this was exactly where I was supposed to be. In the past 9 months of interning, I have been able to co-facilitate support groups, participate in outreach, speak at a career day, refine a resource guide, advocate, and build strong relationships with some of the amazing members that participate in our programs. I came here to give back, but instead I gained so much more.

Interning at the Cancer Support Community has been one of the greatest experiences and has brought me a life-long connection to an amazing group of individuals. From the staff, to the members, and everyone in between, it is evident that no one faces cancer alone.

Jamie Dearie is a Marywood University MSW student volunteer intern. She has been a valuable part of our team for the last year. She will be moving on to a new position this month and we wish her the best!

Why Do YOU Volunteer?

Everyone has a story to tell.
Share your story with us.

Each month, this newsletter shares a story about someone whose life has been touched by cancer. Will you consider telling your story? Email us to say you will volunteer to tell it: We'll be in touch. 

National Volunteer Month in April and National Volunteer Week (April 10-16) is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974 and recognized by Congress, National Volunteer Week focuses attention on the impact of volunteerism as an integral aspect of civic involvement and leadership. During the timeframe of July 2015 through June 2016 our volunteers have donated 2,178 hours of their time which in turn has saved our organization $49,288. Volunteers and donors are the pillars of our efforts at the Cancer Support Community, and we take this opportunity to express our warmest thanks to all those who share their time, talent and resources with our organization!

Click here if you would like to receive our volunteer opportunity emails.

Strides for Hope

We are training for:
St. Luke’s Half Marathon and 5K
 April 24, 2016

Would you like to sponsor a runner?
Support a runner, support us.

19th Annual
Charles B. Patt, Jr. Golf Tournament

May 25, 2016
Sponsorship Opportunities are available!
To register, sponsor or make a tribute donation,
please contact
Crystal Romano at 610-398-9888, ext. 129 or click here for details.

Click here to join our team.

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
June 4, 2016
DeSales University

Notes from the Executive Director

“You learn something out of everything, and you come to realize more than ever that we're all here for a certain space of time, and then it's going to be over, and you better make this count.”
~ The late Nancy Davis Reagan, American actress and First Lady of the United States from 1981 to 1989 as wife of the 40th U.S. President, Ronald Reagan.

In the midst of all the recent political stress and observation in our country, there came a humbling event that I’d like to believe stopped everyone in their tracks for a thoughtful moment of reflection. in 1921 as Anne Frances Robbins, Nancy Reagan was considered a charming and classy woman, and an advisory and protective wife, even more so after the attempted assassination on President Reagan. She was labeled a reasonable actress, but as the first lady she worked to increase AIDS awareness, was a strong advocate for stem-cell research, and founded the now renowned “Just Say No” drug abuse awareness campaign.

Nancy was also a cancer survivor.  In October 1987, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. A suspicious lesion was detected during a routine mammogram, followed by a biopsy and a modified radical mastectomy. She shared her diagnosis and treatment publicly in efforts to lessen the stigma and indignity that still encircled the disease at that time. Her cancer was one that could only be discovered by mammography, and her influence created awareness for early screening and optimal treatment options. By sharing her own story, she wanted to encourage self-examination, empower others to learn about their family histories, and hopefully save lives.

She later gained additional respect as Ronald’s devoted caregiver as he faced Alzheimer’s Disease, and created a sense around the world that love and taking action can overcome insurmountable challenges.

Nancy Reagan died from congestive heart failure on March 6, 2016, at the age of 94. She touched the hearts of many people, and her legacy will long be remembered.

Wishing you well, and moments that count,
Paula Ream-Dorward, Executive Director

"We are not put on this earth to see through one another. We are put on this earth to see one another through."  
~ Gloria Vanderbilt, American artist, author, actress, blue jeans designer, mother of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.      

Recipes, Courtesy of Prevention

The pot’s simmering…spring has arrived!

This month’s recipe column is thanks to Prevention Magazine. For additional health and wellness information, go to

April ’16 Recipes

Artichoke Hummus


Chicken with Walnuts and Spinach

The organization’s 2014-15 Annual Report is available for viewing on our Website.

Thank You, Foundation and Corporate Supporters

Air Products

Highmark Blue Shield
Hospital central Services Ironton Global Lehigh Valley Health Network Liberty Property Trust
PPL PPL Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. The Hartford
Women's 5K Classic Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. Women's 5K Classic    
Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary
Bill Sugra Memorial Fund
BlackRock Matching Gifts Program
Burkholder’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
Brown Daub, Inc.
Cancer Support Community Headquarters
  Charles B. Patt, Jr. Memorial Golf Outing Charles H. Hoch Foundation
DeSales Athletic Department
Edward Jones
Give Back Softball Tournament
J's Run
  John A. and Margaret Post Foundation Keystone Savings Foundation
  Lehigh Valley Business/Journal Multimedia Micro-Clean, Inc.
  Nancy Run Fire Company & Pink Heals LV Chapter Patt White Charities
  Pendurthi Surgical Associates Phoebe Ministries
  Richard and Patricia Penske Foundation Saucon Valley Country Club Ladies 'Rally for the Valley'
  Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust The Century Fund
  The Fleming Foundation The Gadomski Family Foundation
  Trumbower Hospital Foundation Walter and Alma Bastian Foundation

This list begins at the $1,000 support level.

Many thanks to these contributors of $100 and under
from 3/1/16 through 3/31/16

Aardvark Sports Shop
Bath Supply Co. Inc.
Lauren Beahm
Ray Bishop
Teresa Booth-Genthe
Thomas and Patricia Buss
Michelle Case
Joanne Check
Ellie Cooper
Diane Dixon
Ms. Pat Drewry
Susan Elton
Madeline Farrell
Sara George
Valerie Germ
Joseph and Jen Gibbs
Gross McGinley LLP Attorneys at Law
Patrick and Shannon Hanlon
Randy and Bonnie Hartranft
Suzanne Ickes
Connie Johnson
Karen Kohler

Susan Lee
Sheri Leo
David Mack
Damian Martinez
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mason
Marjorie Mason
Daniel McCarthy
Fiorella Mirabito
Beth Mohsinger
Carl and Beatrice Mohsinger
Ms. Anne L. Morris
Larry Moyer
Sara Nansteel
Ondrea Neifert
Tom Neuhaus
Joan Lardner Paul
Karen Pelc
Pendurthi Surgical Associates
Janet Piper
Marianne Plucienik
Rosemary Polon

Deborah Post
Lauren Post
Paula Ream
Terence and Jeanne Reilly
Erika Rohrbach
Mary Rohrbach
Tony and Wendy Rotondo
Judith Savchak
Dale and Susan Schmelzle
Elizabeth Scofield and James Tanenbaum
Helen Seifert
Ann Staak
Roland and Barbara Stahley
James and Marta Storm
Louis Vella
Lisa Vena
Ms. Virginia Voros
Sue Wallace
Sara Weil
Janet Weiss
Peter Wilson
David Yandrasitz

Gifts of more than $100 are listed in the fiscal year-end annual report.