Notes of Hope for December

Program Spotlights

The winter has finally come to the Lehigh Valley and we wanted to share a nice hydrating DIY for the season to keep your face feeling its best despite the cold weather. BuzzFeed shares an easy face mask that makes your skin triumphant against the cold temperatures ahead. Just mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt to 1 tablespoon of honey. Leave the mixture on your face for ten minutes then wash off with warm water and voila!

Once winter comes to a close and the spring begins, so does our Kid Support series! This 8-week offering begins on March 10 and ends on April 28.  Each week our professional staff members will address many themes and struggles associated with cancer and the family. This series encourages problem-solving, expression through creativity, and much more. Through the continued positive feedback of our local groups, we are able to offer this series for the sixth time!

Be sure to look at our bimonthly program calendar to see all the offerings here at Cancer Support Community.  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

Jamie Dearie, Marywood University MSW student volunteer intern

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
Amanda Youse

Got 90 minutes twice a year?
Interested in helping to launch programs to support people affected by cancer? 

You might be just right for the Ambassadors of Hope!

Each fall and spring, this group of about 40 cancer survivors, participants, former board members, volunteers and community members meets with staff to discuss launching or continuing several programs which need funding. In the spring, the group votes for the program(s) it wants to direct its collective funds. 

Members contribute at least $250 every year to the Ambassadors fund which helps to underwrite these programs.  So far, the Ambassadors have supported the Kids Karate Project (Kempo), the Young Adult and Melanoma Support Groups, the Glimpse into Hope workplace pilot program, and a special fitness series.

Of course, each 5:30-7:00 p.m. meeting begins with a meet & greet and refreshments – it's not all business!

Please join! Contact Paula Ream-Dorward, the executive director, at for more information or to say, “Yes, I'll be an Ambassador!”

Liz Scofield
Board Member & Ambassador Liaison

Save the Dates

Boutique at the Rink
May 31 - June 4, 2016

June 4, 2016

Garden of Hope
June 30, 2016

Ride for Hope
motorcycle benefit run
October 1, 2016

Wings of Hope
A Butterfly Release
September 10, 2016

Building a Community

Since opening our doors in 2004 at the original farmhouse in Bethlehem, the community's contributions have helped to create a uniquely supportive place for people impacted by cancer. When we relocated to the new center this year, we were grateful for the block sponsorships during the Fall 2014 appeal which made it possible to complete the first phase of the “Building a Community” campaign on the recognition wall in the mind/body activity room. We are excited to continue phase two of the campaign, and welcome tributes from anyone who wishes to honor or memorialize a friend or loved one, or to simply sponsor a block. Each block is $100, and donations over $500 are recognized with red stars. Help us fill the wall! Your gift will make a difference in the lives of people facing cancer through our programs of support, education and wellness activities. For more information and to download a “Building a Community” contribution form, click here.

You can use your donor advised fund (DAF) to easily make a contribution the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. DAF Direct welcomes donors to recommend grants from your fund directly on our website without incurring any transaction fees. Click here and simply enter the amount to transfer from your DAF and click ‘next’ to complete your recommendation. Thank you for your support!

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.

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

Meet Susan Schmelzle, an active and generous volunteer for the Cancer Support Community. She has participated in many of our events and contributed numerous hours as an outreach liaison and office volunteer. During our participation in last year’s Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, Susan joined the team from McWane Ductile-NJ and represented us well at the finish line! We are thankful for all of her hard work and dedication on our behalf.

As my dear Mother used to say, 'I have more time than money!' This has become my new motto since moving to the Lehigh Valley three-and-a-half years ago after a lifetime in Dayton, Ohio. My career as a Medical Technologist in a private oncology practice for 31 years led me to CSC at the fabulous recommendation of my Pilates instructor, Jeanne Reilly.

Volunteering at CSC has become a second vocation in my life. Using the knowledge, compassion, and understanding that encompassed my career to possibly make a difference in someone's life again seemed like a perfect opportunity for me. I'm always eager to help out with whatever the staff needs – preparing mailings or sorting calendars for distribution, helping to paint or gift wrap, assisting at the Healthy Cooking classes, helping at the Wings of Hope event, or serving on the Garden of Hope planning committee – it's all been very rewarding to be a part of a great organization such as this. 

I'm looking forward to being involved again in this new year, and I invite other community members to get involved, too!  The Highmark Walk provides a wonderful opportunity to help raise awareness and funding for the Cancer Support Community.


Registration is Live Today!

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

Click here to join our team.

Strides for Hope

Spots will be filled SOON!  Any runner can join this year’s Strides for Hope charity running team for just $100!  Half marathon $125. YES!  If you haven’t participated in the past because you didn’t think you could meet the $500 fundraising goal, we are welcoming all runners to join for $100, which covers your registration fee in the St. Luke’s 5K, professional training, plus a small donation to the Cancer Support Community. You might still catch the fever to raise additional funds, and we’ve made it easier!  Click here to create your own page on the Strides for Hope fundraising website, and encourage friends and family members to support you online.  So c’mon, and join our team!

Tickets can be purchased online at,
by calling 610-861-7555 or

Notes from the Executive Director

“Walking with a friend in the dark, is better than walking alone in the light.” ~ Helen Keller, author, deaf-blind activist (1880-1968)

One of my guilty pleasures during the winter months is to nestle in and watch the movie “Anne of Green Gables” based on the book by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. I adore actress Megan Follows portraying the child-to-woman persona and her amusingly intense descriptions of life and love. My most favorite of the character’s axioms is her frequent reference to a “kindred spirit” – someone who possesses the same kind of inner light or connectedness to life’s adventures, a person who has a path similar to yours, or somebody who is deeply understanding of your journey.

There are many kindred spirits at the Cancer Support Community – those who share the various challenges of cancer, or experience similar milestones, sorrows and joys.  Some may just be present in the moment, while others extend to lasting friendships.

“The conventional wisdom is that we choose friends because of who they are. But it turns out that we actually love them because of the way they support who we are.”

This quote and the following excerpt is from an interesting article about friendship, first published in 2006.

“When people are asked, "What gives meaning to your life?" friendship figures at the top of the list.  Research suggests that friends are often those who cross paths with regularity. It's no surprise that bonds form between those who interact. Yet the process is more complex: Why do we wind up chatting with one person in our yoga class and not another?  In short, we have things in common.”  Making the transition from being an acquaintance to a friend depends on the information shared.  Sociologist Beverley Fehr, author of Friendship Processes, says “Reciprocity is key.  Those who know what to say in response to another person's self-disclosure are more likely to develop satisfying friendships.  Emotional expressiveness and unconditional support are ingredients here, followed by acceptance, loyalty, and trust.”

It’s not easy opening up to people you don’t yet know, but when you embrace the opportunity, wonderful things can happen… healing, mindfulness, patience, and helpful relationships.  The support groups and classes at the Cancer Support Community can be a fulfilling element on the road to recovery.

To read the full above-referenced article titled, Friendship: The Laws of Attraction by Karen Karbo (2006), click here.

Wishing you well, and the discovery of kindred spirits,
Paula Ream-Dorward, Executive Director

“There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met.” ~ William Butler Yeats, Poet, Irish Senator (1865-1939)

Don’t trade or junk your car, donate it!

to benefit our organization!

Turn your unwanted vehicle, whether it runs or not, into a tax deductible contribution to the Cancer Support Community GLV through this reputable vehicle donation program.

cars ~ boats ~ RVs ~ trucks ~ motorcycles ~ vans ~ jet skis
snowmobiles ~ buses ~ airplanes

Call toll free 1-877-CARS-4-US, ext. 3179
or donate online at
(Have the vehicle title available.)

This program is coordinated by Donation Line LLC. Free towing.

Recipes, Courtesy of Prevention

The pot’s simmering…pull up a chair!

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

February’16 Recipes

Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard Lasagna


Gluten-Free Muesli Bread

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 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 1/1/16 through 2/1/16

Nancy Amici
Bath Saver, Inc
Megan Billowitch
Blue Feather Garden Maintenance
Ms. Andrea Bohner
Paul Buchbinder
Kara Cenni
Josephine DeAngelis
Elizabeth Drulard
Sally Eckhart
Mr. W. Beal Fowler
Charles and Patricia Hampton
Sandy Hanks
Jill Hargus

Jeffrey Hauck and Nancy Moffett
Patricia Herman
Charles and Carol Huber
Jacqueline Jarrett
Jet Pay Payroll Services
Elaine Jones
Kim Kline
Kenneth and Susan Kuck
Camille and Gregory Llewellyn
Susan Manela
Sherri Marino
Gene Miller
Michele Monaco
William and Kathleen Ogarek

Peter and Doris Oswald
Jacqueline Parker
Raymond and Karen Pasquel
Elizabeth Raring
Leslie Raub
Jane Reeder
Barbara Roman
Nick Roman
Cheryl Settle
Misty Sommers
Edward Tognoli
Charles and Patricia Toth
Tammy Van Fleet
Colleen Weaver

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