|“I met a man who had anonymously donated his kidney. He said he did it for his faith. And I thought, ‘If he can do this for his faith, I can do this for my dad.’” ~ Murtaza Jaffer
This is the story of 37-year-old Murtaza Jaffer and his father, Safderali Jaffer, whose bladder cancer had metastasized to his kidneys. It is a story of a family so tightly bonded that they live next to each other, and so intensely loyal that they would do anything for one another. Which is what Murtaza did.
Murtaza and Safderali Jaffer
Safderali and his wife followed their two sons, who had left Tanzania for college in the Lehigh Valley nearly 20 years ago. He kept his accounting business operating, but he wanted the U.S. to become their new home. Murtaza and his brother bought a printing business, EBC Printing in Trexlertown, 15 years ago. It grew, and now thrives.
Suddenly, eight years ago, Safderali was rushed to the hospital with unusual bleeding. Bladder cancer. No one is ever ready for such a diagnosis, and the Jaffers were especially shocked as Safderali was healthy, didn’t smoke, ate well, and had no family history of cancer.
The doctors removed his bladder. But there was more, for cancer had invaded his kidneys. He’d need dialysis for his failing kidneys—nearly eight hours a day, three days a week. Forever. He endured this punishing regime for a year. Murtaza’s story continues here.
Notes from the Program Director
Introducing the BEST exercise and nutrition class.
How long do most of our New Year’s exercise and nutrition resolutions last? Six days, six weeks, six months? Hmmm…
We’ve got the solution: the new New Year, Healthy You, an eight-week nutrition and exercise class to optimize your health and recovery. Two levels of intensity: gentle and harder.
You’ll do the work, of course, but the group you’re working out with will keep you focused, happy, and laughing in our safe setting.
Here’s one you don’t want to miss!
Launching January 19, 5:30-7:45.
Sign up here or call 610-861-7555.
Jen Sinclair, program director
Hello from the Exec Director
May your year be happy, healthy, and safe!
Please join our 2017 events; you’ll not only have fun, but you’ll help us out immensely. Last year, your efforts raised $221,341 to help us provide free programs!
So, if your 2017 calendar looks empty, add these events. Click on the link to find out exactly what to look forward to!
Strides for Hope: April 23
Golf Tournament: May 15
Boutique at the Rink: May 30-June 3
Highmark Walk: June 3
Garden of Hope: Date posted soon
Wings of Hope: September 9
Ride for Hope: September 30
Amanda Buss, executive director
Most studies show exercise reduces the incidence of many cancers, and, after diagnosis, may improve survivorship and quality of life. For more: National Cancer Institute
Before you start exercising, make sure your healthcare provider gives you medical clearance. Once you have received clearance, begin designing a plan that you enjoy and will not cause an injury or aggravate an old one.
|Stay-in-Bed Stretches: You don’t even need to put your feet to the floor to loosen your muscles, boost your energy, and become more alert.
Dishing It Out
Eating right before, during, and after cancer treatment can help you feel better and stay stronger. For more: National Cancer Institute
January recipes from Prevention Magazine.
The link is kale—a superfood that’s bursting with nutrition to help detox your body after holiday indulgences.
Did You See This?
Links to Important Articles You Might Have Missed.
1 Patient, 7 Tumors and 100 Billion Cells Equal 1 Striking Recovery (from the New York Times, 12/7/16)
Tips from other survivors and healthcare professionals to make your journey easier.
Eat high-protein foods and drink lots of hydrating fluids.
Also, ask your doctor if vitamin supplements might be helpful.
Have a tip? Let us know.
On the Lookout
What's coming up.
Recruiting now for runners for Strides for Hope! Train with us, run with us, and raise money for us!
That’s what Kara Cenni did in 2016.
Will you lend a hand?
- Snowflake Challenge! Can you raise $1000? Here’s how.
- Donate your car to us. Here’s how.
- Knitting Group needs worsted yarn and Poly Fill to create items for kids in treatment. Here’s how to donate.
- Our Wish List is as long as a cold winter’s night: gift cards, boxed tissues, 12-oz coffee cups, and more. Here’s the what & how.
- Sponsor of the Day. Can we get 365 sponsors? Here’s how.
- Leverage your purchases: At AmazonSmile, Good Search, and Phoebe Floral, name CSC your charity, so we get a portion of your purchase price.
What to read, what to do,
or what to craft when you burrow in.
-watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix (she’s a very fashionable private investigator).
-reading Chicken Soup for the Soul (100 cancer survivors’ stories will inspire you to adopt a positive attitude, discover your faith and cherish every moment (thanks to Kathy Moyer, volunteer library manager).
-crocheting little caps. Learn how.
Have a tip? Let us know.