Notes of Hope for December

Program Spotlights

To help encourage self-care throughout the holidays, we are offering many programs designed to remind survivors and caregivers to make their own wellbeing a priority.  Join us to make sure you are on track while minimizing stress:

A Gift of Kindness
Tuesday, December 6th at 11am
This mindfulness and self-compassion training will introduce you to several skills to assist you in becoming a kind friend to yourself. Includes discussion, brief lecture, and nutritious lunch. 

Nutrition Planning for Optimal Health
series starting Tues, December 6th at 1pm
Learn how to fuel your metabolism and develop strategies for healthy living with customized meal planning. (Offered in conjunction with Advantage Nutrition and Wellness, LLC)

Close to Home
Thursday, December 8th at 6:30pm
Film explores themes of fear, hope, faith, journey through cancer survivorship, advocacy and caregiving. (Offered in conjunction with LVHN, Catherine Boulay Foundation and PBS 39)

Intro to Reflexology
Friday, December 9th at 1pm
Learn the appropriate pressure points associated with various body organs and systems to improve general health.

Thursday, December 15th at 6pm
All ages program to create aromatic or edible gifts to share or treat yourself. 

As always, please register at 610.861.7555 for any of the above-mentioned programs or any of our calendar offerings which can be viewed at

Jen Sinclair, Program Director

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
Susan D. Lee
Sheri Leo
Suzanne Mason
Daniel J. McCarthy
Tom Neuhaus
Dr. T. Kumar Pendurthi
Rebecca Rij-Flynn
Dale Schmelzle
Elizabeth Scofield

This month’s book choices focus on dealing with grief during the holidays.

Healing Your Holiday Grief: 100 Practical Ideas for Blending Mourning and Celebration During the Holiday Season (Healing Your Grieving Heart series) by Alan D. Wolfet PhD - With compassionate insight, this handbook helps those in mourning through what can be the hardest time of year—the holiday season. Mourners will better understand their complex emotions after reading about such topics as honoring thoughts and feelings, creating new traditions, finding ways to de-stress, and incorporating healing rituals into the holiday season. This book's practical wisdom also covers issues such as decision-making during the holidays and coping with the blending of mourning and celebration.

Hope & Healing for Transcending Loss: Daily Meditations for Those Who Are Grieving by Ashley Davis Bush LCSW - When we lose someone close, it's easy to feel unmoored. We need to find a new rhythm to our days and new ways to connect to the ones we've lost. This book offers small doses of comfort and hope for getting through your day when you are still heavy with grief. Each bite-sized reading offers reassurance that healing is possible, whether it's an ordinary day of living with loss or a special anniversary day. Poetic words, combined with photographic images throughout the book, help provide solace along with the perspective that love always transcends even the deepest loss.

Cancer and the holidays:
Three tips for a less stressful season

The flurry of activity this season can lead to fatigue unless you have the right tools in place to relieve stress. With so much happening, individuals affected by cancer may be balancing a “new normal” while attempting to maintain old traditions. To help deal with the expectations of the holidays, it’s important to keep the following points in mind:

  • Simplify – Instead of adding more stress to ‘do it all,’ remember what is most important and prioritize that. Perhaps it’s more about the people you see over the holidays instead of the amount of cookies you bake and cards you sign. You can also take a simpler approach to your shopping agenda to make things easier on yourself.  Delegate when you can, and change traditions to match what you can realistically accomplish. 
  • Pay attention to your feelings – Give yourself permission to experience the full range of emotions that are stirred up this time of year. Don’t let anyone put pressure on you to be happy and jolly.
  • Listen to your body – It’s important to acknowledge your limits and know when you need to take a break. Balance your activity time with plenty of rest, hydration, and nutrition. Take time for yourself to provide a break from the worries. 


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Ordering Flowers for the Holidays?

Consider using Phoebe Floral Shop in Allentown, and you can help the Cancer Support Community at the same time!  Phoebe’s Helping Hands program is their way to give back to the community all year long. With each order a customer places they may choose a nonprofit organization, and Phoebe will donate $2.00 per order. Simply select the "Helping Hands" pull down menu on their website order form and choose the Cancer Support Community to receive the contribution.

Phoebe Floral Shop is located at 2102 West Hamilton Street, Allentown PA  18104. Phone 610-434-9587 or toll free 800-231-6854.

Recipes, Courtesy of Prevention

The pot’s simmering…Happy Holidays!

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

December ’16 Recipes

Winter Salad with Cranberry-Orange Dressing


Protein Power Baked Ziti

The organization’s 2015-16 Annual Report is available for viewing on our Website.

Thank You, Foundation and Corporate Supporters

Air Products

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. 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
J's Run
John A. and Margaret Post Foundation
Keystone Savings Foundation
  Lehigh Valley Business/Journal Multimedia Nancy Run Fire Company & Pink Heals LV Chapter
  Northampton Community College Patt White Charities
  Pendurthi Surgical Associates Phoebe Ministries
  Saucon Valley Country Club Ladies 'Rally for the Valley' Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust
  The Century Fund The Fleming Foundation
  The Rea Charitable Trust Harry C. Trexler Trust
  Walter & Alma Bastian Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Trumbower Hospital Foundation

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

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