Notes of Hope for December

Program Spotlights

With the holiday season coming to a close and a new year beginning, the Cancer Support Community is looking forward to its second year at the new center, and its 12th anniversary since opening in 2004.  Many of us see the new year as an opportunity to make resolutions and try new things.  This month we offer several programs that could be just what you need to ring in 2016. Be sure to browse our bimonthly calendar throughout the year to see all the vital programs we have available to help you and your loved ones learn, connect, and maintain good health. Here is just a glimpse of the programs and activities happening in January:

  • GYN Film Screening: “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” on January 6 from 6:30-8:00pm is a night for both family and friends. This special screening follows the lives of five cervical cancer survivors as they face many different challenges associated with their diagnosis. The film weaves testimonials as well as educational information from oncology specialists.

  • Long Term Survivor Group on the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:00pm, starting on January 7 is for cancer survivors who are transitioning from active treatment to long-term survivorship. This group will offer support to each member while facing the challenges of a “new normal.”

  • Young Adult Cancer Support Group: New Year on January 27 from 6:00-8:00pm is perfect for new year resolutions. This group offers support and active moves with Zumba to kick off your year.

All programs require registration in advance, either by signing up at the roster station in the center, or calling 610-861-7555. Calendar offerings and program schedules can be viewed at

Jamie Dearie, Marywood University MSW student volunteer intern

PLEASE NOTE!  All programs and classes require advance registration, even if you are a regular participant. You can sign up either at the roster station in the center, or by calling the office at 610-861-7555. Registration is necessary so that you can be called in the event of program cancellations due to illness or insufficient attendance. Thank you!

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!

They hit it out of the park!

The “Give Back” softball tournament proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community for a second year in a row. The “Give Back” Softball Tournament was started back in 2013 by founders Aurora Beani and Joe Brunovsky, as an idea to give friends and family a chance to give back to their local community.

We are honored to be the recipient  of a $3,000 donation in which company Black Rock Financial matched for a total of $6,000. Thank you to everyone who participated!

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.

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.

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.

"This will be my second time being part of the Strides for Hope team. A few years ago, I lost my then boyfriend to stage 4 lung cancer after a 7 1/2 month battle. I desperately needed to feel like I could give maybe a little something back and do something in memory of Mike.  I found The Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley and decided to join the running team, not that I ever managed to run, but I walked in Mike's honor.  This year I plan to hopefully actually run to raise awareness of a disease that does not discriminate, to remember those we loved and lost and those still being heroes to those around them. To raise money for a great organization that offers incredible support to those who need it."
~ Lori Neidlinger, Strides for Hope team member


Run/Walk with us,
get fit as you train for the experience of a lifetime,
and help local cancer survivors!

Strides for Hope
kick-off meeting

Thursday, January 7, 6:00 p.m.
944 Marcon Blvd., Suite 110, Allentown

Strides for Hope is our charity running team where runners fundraise on our behalf in exchange for professional training. Runners then participate in the St. Luke’s 5k/half marathon in April 2016.

Discussion at the kick-off meeting includes registration, the training process and fundraising. A unique crowd funding website is available for runners to easily raise money.

If you are unable to make it to the meeting and have questions, please call Deb Post at 610-861-7555 x39, or email
Please click here to check out our 2016 event sponsorship opportunities.

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

Notes from the Executive Director

"Wellness is not a 'medical fix' but a way of living - a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind, and spirit, and an approach to life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being now and forever." ~ Greg Anderson, American author and cancer survivor  

The National Wellness Institute, Inc. located in Wisconsin provides health and wellness professionals with resources and services to fuel professional and personal growth.  Its co-founder, Dr. Bill Hettler, developed the Six Dimensions of Wellness model to describe awareness of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living. Dr. Hettler’s model includes Emotional, Social and Physical areas of wellness – which are three important components of the Cancer Support Community’s focus. His wellness paradigm also supports these elements:

  • How a person contributes to their environment and community, and how to build better living spaces and social networks.
  • The enrichment of life through work, and its interconnectedness to living and playing.
  • The development of belief systems, values, and creating a world-view.
  • The benefits of regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, strength and vitality as well as personal responsibility, self-care and when to seek medical attention.
  • Self-esteem, self-control, and determination as a sense of direction.

Click here for the full description of Dr. Hettler’s wellness model.

The Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley was founded in 2004 (originally as the Wellness Community) by an ardent group of caring and enthusiastic individuals whose vision was to create a place to provide free emotional and social support, education and wellness programming for people with cancer and their loved ones, right here in our community. Those early founding board members sought the resources needed and developed the path of governance and leadership for this organization, and those who’ve succeeded them continue to guide our progress. There is no other organization like this in the region, and we appreciate the many volunteers who assist with programs, at events, on committees, in the office, and who serve on our board of directors.  As we enter our 12th year of helping people from all walks of life who are impacted by cancer, it’s a pleasure to highlight the 2015-2016  members of our board. We thank them for their ongoing dedication and support.

Shirley Biggar
Community Volunteer

VP Development, Community Services for Children

Community Volunteer

Susan Lee
Director, Quality & Regulatory Compliance
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Sheri Leo
Relationship Manager, Fiduciary Group
Clermont Wealth Strategies

Suzanne Mason
Community Volunteer

Daniel McCarthy
Retired, VP, Corp. Communications & Community Affairs
PPL Services Corporation

Tom Neuhaus
VP, Operations & Business Development

Uday N. Parekh
VP, International Business Development

Joan Lardner Paul – BOARD SECRETARY
Marketing and Development Services

Dr. T. Kumar Pendurthi
Pendurthi Surgical Associates, LLC

Rebecca Rij-Flynn
Financial Consultant

Sr. VP, Nat. Penn Investors Trust Co.

Dale Schmelzle
VP & General Mgr., McWane Ductile-New Jersey

Elizabeth Scofield
Community Volunteer

Kim Spotts-Kimmel, Esq.
Gross McGinley, LLP

Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
Fox & Roach Realtors

David L. Yandrasitz
Retired, VP & Mgr. Business Services
First Commonwealth Fed. Credit Union

We also acknowledge the recent outgoing board members and thank them for their service and support to the Cancer Support Community:

Marilyn Claire
Community Volunteer

Nermin Ferhadbegovic
VP Financial Planner, MassMutual 

Jeffrey A. McElhaney, Jr.
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Lee Riley, M.D. Ph.D.
Director of Oncology
St. Luke’s Cancer Care Assoc.

Heather Rodale
VP Community Outreach, Rodale Inc.
Healing Through the Arts

Wishing you well, and a happy new year!
Paula Ream-Dorward, Executive Director

Recipes, Courtesy of Prevention

The pot’s simmering…welcome to the new year!

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

January ’16 Recipes

Honey, Goat Cheese, & Persimmon Toasts


Vegan Farro Risotto with Fennel, Peas, and Greens

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
Women's 5K Classic        
Bethlehem Morning Star Rotary
Bill Sugra Memorial Fund
BlackRock Matching Gifts Program
Burkholder’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
Cancer Support Community Headquarters
Catherine Boulay Foundation
  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'
  Sherwin-Williams #3723 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 12/1/15 through 12/31/15

Sharon Alexander
Curtis and Joanne Barnette
Thomas and Adrienne Barnowski
David A Behler
William and Karen Berry
Teena Bloss
Neil and Christy Boderman
Allen and Karen Brandis
Roxanna Brandle
Jeffery Brightbill
Frank and Nancy Brown
James and Denice Budihas
C.F. Martin Guitar & Co.
Jennifer Carlson
Renee Carpenter
Thomas and Joan Christopher
Michele Connelly
Josephine DeAngelis
Donald and Patricia Dogmanits
Vanessa Eiswerth
Susan Elton
Madeline A Farrell
Frederick Fenselau
Robert and Regina Fleissner
Carol A. Frantz
Santiago and Rosa Garcia

Dominic Grillo
Steven and Margaret Grimes
Sandra Heiny
Bradley Heydt
Paul Heydt
Pauline Holzman-Hegedus
Horwith Trucks
Rudolph and Karen Klein
Sue Krieder
Sharon Kunsman
Kathryn Lansenderfer
Leonora Long
Lois Lunsk
Linda S. Luther-Veno
Robert and Cathleen Makarchuk
Joseph and Sharon Malia
Larry and Mary Mancino
Ulla Martz
Daniel McCarthy
Sharlene Michener
Philip and Diane Milia
Christopher Moakley
Nationwide Insurance Foundation
Tom Neuhaus
Stacey Noga
James Norris
Robert and Susan Pensyl

Madeline P. Peters
Chelsey Phillips and Danielle Haydt
Stacey Piskula
Paul and Anna Pristash
Raymond and Nancy Redcay
Fred and Toni Reichenbach
Frank and Joanne Repyneck
Maricruz Rexach
Glenn and Joyce Roedel
James Scandola
Nancy and Jack Schildt
Pearl Schmier
Mary Ann Schrempp
Betty Silfies
Tanicka Small-Jerry
Richard Dennis Smeltz
Jason and Andrea Smith
James and Marta Storm
The Sayre Child Center
Ronald and Albina Thompson
Richard and Barbara Tocci
Walter Toomes and Jacqueline Matthews
Nicole Venskytis
Virginia Voros
Pamela Wenner
Maye E Whittington
Leonard and Elizabeth Wilensky

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