What’s your ‘go to’ way to relax? Is it listening to a calypso band play on a tropical beach? Hiking on a wilderness trail? Or watching a summer sunset while sipping a glass of lemonade on your patio? Having a long chat with a good friend? Or winding down with a gentle massage? If you are already putting any of these into practice, we are proud of you! The bad news is that many of us ignore our body’s cues that signal the need for more self-care. But the good news is that self-care doesn’t need to be very time-consuming. If you are ready to give it a try, there are creative, simple ways to build in a little bit each day! Here are some ideas …
- Can you spare 2 minutes out of your day?
- Tell a joke
- Cuddle your pet
- Do you have 5 minutes?
- Play your favorite song and sing along
- Step outside to breathe in the fresh air
- Make yourself a cup of tea
- How about 10 minutes?
- Write a journal entry
- Take a brisk walk around the block
- Read a magazine article
We were very fortunate recently to have our friend Lynn Steele, LSW, OSW-C from Pocono Medical Center join us at the Slatebelt YMCA for one of our Healthy Lifestyle series classes. One of her messages for the group was to find time to honor ourselves with gratitude and self-reflection. The group acknowledged that they need to be more kind to themselves, set limits, and say ‘no’ when necessary without carrying any guilt. If you missed this lesson, there are still ways to put self-care strategies into practice. We are pleased to have many talented instructors who teach classes like Yoga, Tai Chi, Moving Meditation, Danse Orientale, Living Life to the Fullest, Creative Expression, and Power of Presence. All of these classes allow time for people affected by cancer to clear their minds of stress, regain their sense of vitality, and find their own sense of serenity. Call to inquire how you can get involved.
Jen Sinclair, Program Director
May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and to recognize this issue, here are three relevant publications for this month’s picks. Click here for full descriptions, and visit our resource library for other helpful, free information.
NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Melanoma by National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) - From the medical leaders of 27 of the world’s most renowned cancer centers united under the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), comes this essential guide to melanoma.
Quick Facts Melanoma Skin Cancer by the American Cancer Society - A detailed guide to sound, evidenced-based, up-to-date information on melanoma.
100 Questions & Answers about Melanoma & Other Skin Cancers! by Susan Grant (Author) - A no-nonsense book to help patients and caregivers get organized, get informed, and stay positive.
Special thanks to our volunteer librarian, Kathy Moyer, for her monthly featured reading selections and other resources from our educational library.
Ready for Spring Cleaning?
The Boutique at the Rink is accepting donations of gently used clothing and household items now through May 20th.
Click here for more information.
||Save the Dates
Boutique at the Rink
Donation Drop Off: May 2 - 20, 2016
Sale Dates: May 31 - June 4, 2016
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
June 4, 2016
Garden of Hope
June 30, 2016
Wings of Hope
A Butterfly Release
September 10, 2016
Ride for Hope
motorcycle benefit run
October 1, 2016
Dollars for Doers
Does your employer have a matching gift program, or offer grants to nonprofits where employees volunteer? If so, your contributions to the Cancer Support Community might be doubled! Matching gift programs are charitable giving opportunities set up by corporations in which the company matches donations made by employees to eligible nonprofit organizations, dollar for dollar in most cases. Volunteer grant programs are set up by companies to provide monetary donations to eligible nonprofits as a way to recognize employee volunteerism. These programs enable corporations to give back to their communities and support organizations that employees are already passionate about. The Cancer Support Community welcomes support utilizing these options, so please take a few minutes to inquire at your workplace about a matching gift or volunteer grant. Your human resources, administrative or payroll departments will typically have all the information you need to get started.
If you would like to find out more about us, visit www.cancersupportglv.org 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
Joan Lardner Paul
Susan D. Lee
Daniel J. McCarthy
Dr. T. Kumar Pendurthi
Kim Spotts-Kimmel, Esq.
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.
We are pleased to introduce Joan Lardner Paul, one of our current board members and a long-standing supporter, and thank her for her editorial contribution in this newsletter edition.
Even before there was an official organization here to help people living with cancer, my late husband David and I knew we wanted to be involved—as advocates, volunteers and donors. We participated in the early discussions about bringing such an organization to the greater Lehigh Valley to serve thousands of neighbors affected by cancer. For more than a decade now, The Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley (CSGGLV) has offered a wide variety of programs that address and alleviate the concerns of cancer patients, and all services are free.
Even though we all know someone touched by cancer, somehow first hearing your own diagnosis is a complete shock: stress, anxiety, and even fear for you, family and friends can overwhelm you.
David and I had both been touched by cancer—breast cancer for me, prostate for David, and various cancers that affected friends and family. David served as a member of the board and, a few years after his death in 2009, I was asked to join. For the past five years I have served as the corporate secretary.
We both knew there were many ways to draw attention to CSCGLV and its extraordinary opportunities. In particular, however, we focused on special events because they can bring friends together, generate publicity, and demonstrate to foundation and corporate donors the value of the organization’s psycho-social programming for area residents.
A past event called Restoration of Hope grew out of David’s discussions with colleagues on the finance committee and board of directors in 2007 and his friendship with Keith Flickinger, manager of Nicola Bulgari’s car collection. In April 2008, guests enjoyed a private showing of Mr. Bulgari’s astonishing collection of original and restored Buicks to raise initial endowment funds for the organization. The event made the connection between Mr. Bulgari’s restoration of classic automobiles and CSCGLV’s help in restoring the lives of cancer patients through targeted programming.
A more recent event is Garden of Hope, inaugurated in 2013. This is my second year chairing this annual gathering to honor volunteers, donors, and participants. The Cancer Support Community is grateful to generous members of our community who offer to host at their homes and gardens. This year we will be enjoying Ravenwood Manor, the Allentown home of Phyllis and William Grube. And I am grateful to a terrific committee of volunteers who have worked for months to present a spectacular afternoon of music, friendship, activities, and delicious light French-themed refreshments on Thursday, June 30th.
Please join us as we share stories about the impact our services have had for many individuals and families, as well as volunteers who eagerly give of themselves to strengthen our community. We invite you to learn more about Garden of Hope by clicking the link below or call 610-861-7555.
Strides for Hope
A huge thank you to our 2016 Strides for Hope team! Our runners and walkers create bonds that last far beyond race day and their charitable nature along with their fundraising efforts make this event a huge success!
It's not too late to contribute to the Strides for Hope Team! Click here
Charles B. Patt, Jr. Golf Tournament
|May 25, 2016
WOODSTONE GOLF CLUB, DANIELSVILLE
Sponsorship Opportunities are available!
To register, sponsor or make a tribute donation,
Crystal Romano at 610-398-9888, ext. 129 or click here for details.
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community
June 4, 2016
Help us get to 12 teams by May 4. Our nonprofit has the opportunity to win $200 towards our Highmark Walk goal of $5000. Click here to create a team! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Notes from the Executive Director
“You can dance in the storm. Don't wait for the rain to be over because it might take too long. You can do it now. Wherever you are, right now, you can start, right now; this very moment.”
- Israelmore Ayivor, youth leadership coach, entrepreneur and author
Leaving a Legacy - Making a Planned Gift
A cancer diagnosis does not begin and end with the patient. It affects family, friends and colleagues, and extends beyond treatment, sometimes over the course of a lifetime. The Institute of Medicine and the American College of Surgeons recognizes that quality cancer care must include psychosocial support, and the Cancer Support Community addresses this essential component in a comprehensive environment of compassion, emotional and social support, education, nutrition, exercise and creative expression – at no cost to participants. Studies indicate that strategies for stress reduction reduce the risk of death for cancer patients by more than one-half. Our free programs take the financial burden from individuals and families, because the last thing someone needs when striving for wellness from the disease is another expense.
Our vital services are made possible by the generosity of a caring community, dedicated professionals, enthusiastic volunteers, and the involvement of participants who uplift and understand. Our mission is achieved through funding from private and corporate grants, individual donations, and fundraising activities held throughout the year.
In the early years of the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley, founding board members and friends worked tirelessly to establish the organization, and through directed contributions and some special events, an endowment fund was started to safeguard the future of the organization. The endowment is invested and some of the funds can provide a contingency for operations if needed.
We still welcome contributions to the endowment fund. There are ways in which donors can plan ahead to perpetuate their support. You can remember the people and places you consider important through deferred or planned gifts. A planned gift is a way to determine during your lifetime where your assets will go – gifts to be given now or later, in any amount, large or small. In naming an agency like the Cancer Support Community, you can make what you do today touch generations to come.
One of the simplest ways to provide a planned gift is through a bequest in a Will. Your legal or tax advisor can help you decide which of the three common ways of making a bequest best meets your wishes – a specific amount, a percentage of an estate, or the residue of an estate. Another easy way to plan a gift is to name an agency as the beneficiary of a savings account, life insurance policy, or retirement account. Planned giving benefits both your heirs and the organization by minimizing estate taxes and supporting community programs. An outright bequest in a Will is one of the most convenient arrangements to leave a lasting legacy for an organization in which you believe. Your attorney or financial advisor can assist you as you plan to make a gift now or for the future.
If you’ve already included the Cancer Support Community in your Will or planned a gift in another form, please let us know so that we can appropriately acknowledge your kindness and include your name in the Heritage of Hope giving guild.
Thank you for helping to inspire hope for people affected by cancer.
Wishing you well,
Paula Ream-Dorward, Executive Director
“If big forests can start with tiny seeds, you will grow great with every tiny step you take. Make it happen.” - Israelmore Ayivor, youth leadership coach, entrepreneur and author
Shop for yourself, teacher or loved one ..........while helping local men, women and children affected by cancer.
$15.00 per candle
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Christine Amadio, Yvonne Bleam and Anna Miller from Novartis Oncology dedicated today as their Day of Service to the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley. These ladies are modest but we are in awe of their artistic talents as they decorate our Wings of Hope paper butterflies for our September event. These butterflies will be available for purchase. Come visit, give us a call, or email us if you see one you are interested in before they are gone. 944 Marcon Blvd., Suite 110, email@example.com or 610-861-7555.
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 Prevention.com.
May ’16 Recipes
Spinach Pesto Dip
One-Pan Steamed Salmon with Leeks