Notes of Hope for December

This month we look at books to help children and parents deal with cancer. Our JAG Children’s Library has a wide selection of books for children, tweens & teens, parents, and professionals on dealing with cancer in the family and the loss of a loved one.

Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings: When Someone You Love Has Cancer by E. McVicker - This is a listen-to or read-aloud book for children. It is a resource that can be used to educate and support any child who is facing the cancer of someone close to them. The story, as told through the eyes of a child, lends itself to a simple and clear understanding of cancer. It also teaches children to realize the power they have to be an active and integral part of their family member's cancer journey.

Once upon a Hopeful Night by Risa S. Yaffe - Some patients with cancer face the difficult task of telling their children about their illness. This book helps patients talk to children about their disease and explain what is happening in a caring, sensitive manner that children can understand.

Afraid to Ask: A Book for Families to Share about Cancer by J.Fine - A reference volume written for teens that includes information about the various types of cancer and discusses, through case histories, the physical and emotional problems involved in having or knowing someone who has cancer.

Special thanks to our volunteer librarian, Kathy Moyer, for her monthly featured reading selections and other resources from our educational library.

Notes from the Executive Director

Your sense of humor is one of the most powerful tools you have to make certain that your daily mood and emotional state support good health.”  ~ Paul E. McGhee, Ph.D., pioneer in humor research and creator of the “Laughter Remedy”

Have you heard a good joke lately?  July 24th is “tell an old joke” day, and July 30th is “international friendship day.” Sometimes there’s nothing better than sharing a good belly laugh with a friend! And, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered that 10 to 15 minutes of laughter can burn 10 to 40 calories per day, which could translate into about four pounds of weight loss in a year. Weaving humor and laughter into the fabric of your life relieves stress and has many health benefits.  There’s a great checklist on, and here is an introduction to what you’ll find on that site:

Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others, and keeps you grounded, focused, and alert.

With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health.

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.

For the full article, click here.  To learn more about Vanderbilt’s study, click here.  Read more about Dr. McGee’s “Laughter Remedy” click here

Wishing you well, and days bursting with giggles,
Paula Ream-Dorward, Executive Director

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” ~ Khalil Gibran, Lebanese-American artist, poet, author and writer of the New York Pen League.

Joke of the day:
Q: Which side of a chicken has the most feathers?
A:  The outside!

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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
Uday Parekh
Dr. T. Kumar Pendurthi
Rebecca Rij-Flynn
Judith Savchak
Dale Schmelzle
Elizabeth Scofield
Kim Spotts-Kimmel, Esq.

Back by popular demand.

Did you miss the opportunity to purchase our special edition Cancer Support Community tie dye t-shirt?
From now until the end of July we will be taking orders. Email to place your order. $25 each. Pay on arrival.

Please visit the Donate.Local.Simple website for a more detailed list of needed items.

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.

Program Spotlights

The Cancer Moonshot initiative championed by the White House and Vice President Joe Biden aims to bring about a decade’s worth of advances within five years. Goals are to accelerate research efforts and break down barriers to progress by enhancing data access, and facilitating collaborations with researchers, doctors, philanthropies, patients, and patient advocates, and biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

This, you can imagine, is a lofty goal. It’ll take all of us across the entire cancer care continuum!  That’s why on June 29th, while Vice President Biden was holding a summit in Washington DC, we were among the several affiliates from our network to host local summits of our own. We were proud to greet many representatives from surrounding hospital institutions, other nonprofits, donors, volunteers, and survivors from our community. Our conversations were led by a panel of experts including Cathy Holmes, PhD scientist from the National Cancer Institute, Tracey Ferguson, RN from LVHN, oral cancer survivor and author Eva Grayzel, Deb Gilbert, RN from Sacred Heart Parish Nursing, and Pauline Grady, parent and representative from the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley. Our passionate audience brought the attention to key themes, including:

• The need for better education to patients about resources, especially in underserved areas

• A method to share information about medical advancements to local physicians and unify health care database systems

• The importance of healthy nutrition and ways a holistic approach can be integrated in treatment and survivorship

• Ways to increase knowledge about pediatric cancer

• The impact of the local environmental risks and a need for governmental action to address those risks and toxins

• The need for more case managers and navigators for all cancers

• Suggestions to address emotional trauma for the entire family

• A plan for better distribution of funds where it is truly needed – patient care and affordable treatment

Our summit was reported by WFMZ Channel 69 news! Click here to view. Our feedback will be shared with the White House, as their task force determines the next steps to take. Stay tuned for follow-up conversations as we celebrate progress toward these goals, and find more Whitehouse information here. Click here to view our local Summit.

Jen Sinclair, Program Director

Thank you to everyone who showed their support by donating and walking in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community at DeSales University on June 4. Your donations will provide 2 months of weekly support groups. Thank you again and see everyone next year!

Wings of Hope
A Butterfly Release

Help us complete the puzzle to meet our fundraising goal. 7 pieces filled in so far. Ways to help: purchase a hand crafted paper butterfly or live monarch butterfly. Click here to purchase.

2nd annual Ride for Hope tickets now available. Pre-register or purchase day of event. If you loved our event last year you will love our October 1 fall ride even more. Click here to purchase.

A growing garden of support…

If you weren’t able to attend our Garden of Hope event on June 30th, not only did you miss a beautiful affair at Ravenwood Manor, but also the chance to participate in the special live auction and the opportunity to be a Sponsor of the Month, a Day Sponsor, or a Program Sponsor. But here’s a second chance!  Call the center at (610) 861-7555 or email to if you’re interested in any of these offerings:

Sponsor of the Month – For a donation of $1,200, you can memorialize or honor a loved one, by choosing a specific month of the year in memory of someone, or to honor them by recognizing a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, or to celebrate their survivorship. Sponsors will be announced at the center, in the newsletter, and on the Cancer Support Community’s Facebook page and website. All of these sponsors become part of the esteemed Society of Hope giving guild.

Day Sponsor – For a donation of $500, you can honor or memorialize someone special for any day or days of the year you choose. Sponsors will be announced at the center, in the newsletter, and on the Cancer Support Community’s Facebook page and website.

Program Sponsor – For a donation of $250, you can sponsor any program of your choice. Perhaps you have a special interest in supporting the reference library or the creative expression classes, or want to support the long term survivor group or the breast cancer group, or you could help to enhance children’s programming. Whatever program you choose to support, you’ll be helping people affected by cancer to cope and find ways to experience a better quality of life during treatment and in survivorship.

Thank you for your support!

More Ways to Contribute

Don’t forget these optional ways to help the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley…

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

July ’16 Recipes

Sesame Noodles With Salmon


Green Tea and Ginger-Dew Pops

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
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 The Rea Charitable Trust
  Trumbower Hospital Foundation

Walter & Alma Bastian Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

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

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