Notes of Hope for December

Program Spotlights

Who could resist this face? Participants from April’s Farm Day Visit were thrilled to saddle up again when offered continued individual riding lessons at Equi-librium in Nazareth. All who participated quickly developed a special kinship with their matched horses. Together, they practiced riding techniques that strengthened muscles and improved balance. In addition to the physical benefits, they also felt a great sense of accomplishment after learning to lead and control such a majestic animal.

One rider described turning around to see her classmate’s smile beaming from ear to ear, then realized that she too was feeling that same pure joy! These connections and memories will last way beyond those weekly riding sessions! We were so glad to have been able to sponsor these riders and look forward to partnering with Equi-librium again. We are grateful to the Bill Sugra Memorial Fund for the grant which supported this program.


The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is often misunderstood and taboo to discuss, despite how common it is. Unfortunately, without education and awareness about this issue, both women and men may continue to suffer with the stigma and health risks attached to it. Since September is Gynecological Cancer Awareness month, CSCGLV felt compelled to do something to support this cause. A powerful message will be heard during our screening of the documentary, Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. The film follows five cervical cancer survivors who share their experiences about relationships, challenges, and emotions surrounding their own mortality. Their testimonials are woven with informative commentary from medical professionals.  Gynecological cancer survivors are encouraged to bring family members and friends to help spread awareness to this current health concern. This program is also open to anyone interested in learning more about prevention and detection. Lehigh Valley Health Network’s 17th and Chew Street location will be hosting this program and providing panel speakers. Call Jen Sinclair at 610-861-7555 for more details and to register. 

Jen Sinclair, Program Director

This month we look at books on dealing with grief. Our resource 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.

Healing Improv: A Journey Through Grief to Laughter by Bart Sumner - an emotional and honest recounting of his family’s trek through grief to the founding of a nonprofit that provides no-cost Comedy Improv Grief Workshops for others suffering with loss. Mr. Sumner’s approach is unique in its application of improv comedy exercises to grief treatment. Healing Improv includes many of the improv games used at Healing Improv workshops so that others can also benefit from the curative, life affirming fun. Pairing these techniques with his family’s powerful and touching story of survival makes this book a strong ally to those who feel lost and alone after tragedy strikes, providing comfort and hope.

A Time to Grieve by Carol Staudacher - A collection of comforting, down-to-earth thoughts and meditations including the authentic voices of survivors. For anyone grieving the loss of a loved one.

The Fall of Freddie the Leaf: A Story of Life for All Ages by L. Buscaglia - A warm, wonderfully wise and strikingly simple story about a leaf named Freddie. How Freddie and his companion leaves change with the passing seasons, finally falling to the ground with winter's snow, is an inspiring allegory illustrating the delicate balance between life and death. A warm and thought-provoking story. Both children and adults will be deeply touched by this inspiring book.

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

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

More Ways to Contribute

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

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.

Join the 24th annual Women’s 5K Classic
October 1, 2016

The Breast and Gynecological Support Programs at the Cancer Support Community are made possible in part by a grant from the Woman’s 5K Classic. This event has contributed to our programs since we opened in 2004, and we appreciate all they do to support us and others in our community. Click here for more information.

Wings of Hope
A Butterfly Release
Saturday, September 10

Join us for Wings of Hope: A Butterfly Release at 10:30 a.m. at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.

Don't miss crafts, and face painting for kids; a special visit from the Peep mascot and Peep mobile; refreshments; and a fabulous raffle.

Plus: glorious curtains, filled with hundreds of paper butterflies inscribed with the names of loved ones we want to honor and remember. And, of course, the noon release of 250 majestic Monarch butterflies.

WFMZ News Anchor Rob Vaughn hosts the event. Click here for details.

Did you receive your invitation to Wings of Hope?
This is what to do next:

1. Return the remittance form and donation, along with the paper butterfly written out in honor or memory of a loved one. If contributing for more than one butterfly, enclose $10 for each and include the names, and we’ll fill them out for you and pin them to the curtains on event day.

2. If you’d like to release a live Monarch butterfly, enclose your $50 donation for each in the remittance envelope.

3. You can alternately donate online here.

4. We hope to see you at the Wings of Hope event on September 10, 10:30am at Cedar Crest College in Allentown.

5. Can’t attend the event? We’re sorry you’ll miss it, but hope you’ll choose to send a donation.

6. Contact our office if you didn’t receive an invite in the mail, and we’ll be happy to send one to you.

Please check out the 2015 event video

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.

We are thankful for everyone who took part in this year’s event. We are most grateful to Phyllis and William Grube for hosting the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley on June 30, 2016.

In addition to raising significant funds, the Garden of Hope event provided an opportunity to recognize the tremendous efforts of the Charles B. Patt, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament planning committee, as well as supporters Pam and Dave Kennedy. 

Named after their late father, the Charles B. Patt, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament was organized in 1998 by brothers Doug and Don Patt initially to fund an endowed Oncology lectureship at Lehigh Valley Hospital. It became an annual outing which has raised about $570,000 over 19 years, with more than $400,000 donated to the Cancer Support Community.

Pam Kennedy has volunteered since 2012 and is treasurer on the Board of Directors. Pam and Dave espouse a true compassionate spirit by the many ways they help the Lehigh Valley community, including as members of the United Way’s Tocqueville Society, and they both have been remarkably generous to the Cancer Support Community.

The evening raised nearly $34,000 from:

Corporate Sponsors ~ $7,000
Patrons ~ $7,500
Participants and Donors ~ $9,050
Silent Auction ~ $2,400
Live Auction, with gratitude to Auctioneer Jay Ruhle ~ $13,000

Event Sponsors: BB&T, McWane Ductile, The Morning Call, PPL, Sware Events, Buckno Lisicky & Company, Marketing & Development Services, and Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Notes from the Executive Director

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."  ~ Christopher Reeve (Sep 25, 1952 - Oct 10, 2004), American actor, author and activist

Where do you get inspiration? What lifts your thoughts to a happier level? How is your mind challenged to think more clearly, or to be creative?  Are you motivated by a friend’s accomplishments, or their challenges?  Do you relax at the beach to rejuvenate your inner spirit? Are you spurred to productivity when there’s music filling the background, or do you require a quiet atmosphere to make progress?  Have you shared your own insight with others who can discern from your journey?  How do you regain a sense of hope? 

Words are powerful, and reading or hearing about the experiences and endurance of others can be stimulating, educational, and often comforting. There can be so much to learn from the wisdom, joy or distress that others choose to impart.  A touch of compassion, a minute of conversation, an entrée to something new or different, could be the beginning of our next aspiration or the boost we needed to reach an uncertain goal. It only takes a moment to listen, to be aware, and to open our hearts.

"In order to complete our amazing life journey successfully, it is vital that we turn each and every dark tear into a pearl of wisdom." ~ Anton St. Maarten, international psychic medium, destiny coach and spiritual author

Wishing you well, and enlightening encounters
Paula Ream-Dorward, Executive Director

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." ~ Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall, (1902-1949) American writer, teacher, U.S. Senate Chaplain

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.

Recipes, Courtesy of Prevention

The pot’s simmering…garden fresh!

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

August ’16 Recipes

Potato, Red Pepper, and Parmesan Frittata


Mexican Beef Stew With Garlic Spanish Rice

Shelby & Ted Eichenlaub, in memory of Lynn Eichenlaub


Day Sponsor

August 23rd: Jane Brooks, in memory of George Paterson Longridge

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. 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
  Nancy Run Fire Company & Pink Heals LV Chapter Northampton Community College
  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.