Notes of Hope for December

Program Spotlights

There are so many amazing things to look forward to this month. March brings us the first day of spring, daylight savings, Easter, Saint Patrick’s Day, and so much more! Here at Cancer Support Community we especially look forward to recognizing Lymphedema Awareness Month and all of our members who have been affected by its diagnosis.

If you are looking to gain support from others affected by lymphedema while hearing about preventive care, coping techniques, and how others have been living with this side effect on a daily basis, please come to our Lymphedema Group on Wednesday, March 9 from 11:00am-12:30pm.

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

Save the Dates

Strides for Hope
April 24, 2016

Boutique at the Rink
May 31 - June 4, 2016

Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
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

Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never is, but always to be blessed:
The soul, uneasy and confined from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
– Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man

Honor a Loved One with a Spring Gift

We continue to seek contributions to the “Building a Community” campaign, and welcome tributes from anyone who wishes to honor or memorialize a friend or family member, 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 that provide support, education, wellness activities, and hope for a better quality of life during treatment and in survivorship. For more information and to download a “Building a Community” contribution form, click here.

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.

Friday, April 29, 7:00 pm and
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 pm

Presented by Catherine Boulay Foundation

Geared toward cancer survivors and their caregivers, “Make Them Hear You” explores the powerful lessons of cancer survivorship: cancer as a journey, spirituality, words left unsaid, advocacy and the beauty of each moment.

Each lesson is wonderfully underscored with songs of Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, and broadway classics. Vinny Trovato and Carolyn Boulay will perform with Dr. Boulay. Visual artwork exhibited by Healing through the Arts will compliment the musical offering. Dessert will be served at intermission. Donation $25.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Why We Run...

"I run slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through syrup because I am finding it fun and am doing it for a great cause.

- Lori Neidlinger

"I run because I can't swim and I would hurt myself riding a bike."

- Shannon Hanlon

"I run because it makes me feel more alive. It makes me stronger on the outside and the inside. I love running!"

- Miriam Salas

"I run because everyone should give back and have a charity they help year after year!"

- Antonius Flav

Strides for Hope is a running team in which participants raise funds for the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley in exchange for a comprehensive training program to help prepare for a half marathon or 5K race.

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.

Sponsorships are still available!
click here for sponsorship details.

Help us reach our goal of 25 walkers by March 4th!

Click here to join our team.

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

Notes from the Executive Director

We knew when former volunteer intern and now part time Grants Assistant, John Reed, joined our team, that he’d bring a remarkable new perspective. As my guest writer this month, John shares his sports enthusiasm with us, with a touch of home court advantage for the Cancer Support Community. We thank him for his contribution!  
~ Paula Ream-Dorward, Executive Director  

“Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan, NBA owner, Hall of Famer

With March comes spring, with spring comes hope, and with hope comes… March Madness! Sixty-eight universities will endeavor to conquer the world of collegiate hoops. For two-and-a-half weeks, these young men and women will strive to accomplish something amazing – winning a College National Championship. I find a kind of beauty in what March Madness represents, because it’s a microcosm of what we try to accomplish at the Cancer Support Community every single day. Only one team can reach the pinnacle of college basketball, but each day our participants strive towards their goals as a team united.

The Cancer Support Community’s programs number nearly as many of the teams found in the Big Dance and, like these teams, they represent something special to all of us that are invested in them. Winning or losing isn’t our objective. Stepping on the court and being part of a supportive team is our national championship.

“The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, a place I’ve always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It’s been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It’s a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game.” – Michael Jordan

Sometimes we all need a sanctuary where we can just be, with the pressures of the outside world put aside as we come together in support of one another. The Cancer Support Community is our court where we “practice” our skills, where we go to heal, and where we discover new teammates.

And don’t worry, we won’t cut to a commercial break if someone calls a timeout!

Wishing you a warm spring and an energetic March Madness,

John Reed, Grants & Development Assistant

“Not only is there more to life than basketball, there’s more to basketball than basketball.” – Phil Jackson, NBA General Manager, Hall of Famer

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

March’16 Recipes

Green Tea Noodle Bowl


Pear and Cardamom Crisp

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 2/1/16 through 3/1/16

Donna Altemose
Christopher Armstrong
Andrea and Thomas Bohner
Roby Brice
Arlinda Brown
Sandra Buchbinder
Larry Center
David and Debra Claycomb
Brendon Duffy
Susan Elton
Joyce Ernesti
Patricia Garin

Jean Gerding
Diane Hall
Shannon Hanlon
American Legion Post NO. 739
Sherri Jordan
Cecilia Klager
Jacqueline Parker
Meeta Patel
Pizza Village IV
Juan Pouscordero
Marianna Recica
Janice Ruland

Miriam Salas
Pearl Schmier
Bill Shaud
Ana Sierra
Sharon Smith
Anneliese Strout
Phillip and Diane Traupman
Nicole Vogel
Wendy Walker
Marlene White-Kinney
James and Linda Wimmer

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