Notes of Hope for December

Our mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. The Cancer Support Community offers free emotional support, educational programs and wellness classes to people affected by cancer, their family members and caregivers.

So that no one faces cancer alone.

Program Spotlights

Later this month, families and friends will gather to share a comforting, holiday meal. This season provides the perfect opportunity to acknowledge who we are thankful for …  first and foremost, all of you. The Cancer Support Community would not be the welcoming, supporting place that it has become without the wisdom of our group members and program participants. 

To provide these programs, we truly thank our donors and funders who continue to support our comprehensive services. One of our newest grantors is the Walmart State Grant Foundation, which is sponsoring a full year of nutrition education. Healthy Cooking has been a favorite class for many, and we are excited to be able to enhance it. We’ve visited the Easton Public Market, and have plans to take nutrition programs out into the community even more. We also want to treat our members to something special. People affected by cancer are invited to join us for our Thanksgiving Feast on November 18th, 12-2pm as we share in some nutritious food and uplifting companionship.   

Jen Sinclair, Program Director

Our Adult Cancer Resource Library has informational brochures, pamphlets and books on many topics related to specific cancers and cancer related topics such as insurance concerns, support for the cancer patient and their family members, hospice, and much more.

We also have a separate Children’s Cancer Resource Library with books for children, tweens & teens, parents, and professionals on dealing with many cancer related topics such as when a family member has cancer, coping with the loss of a loved one and much more.

This month’s book choices focus on Lung Cancer.

Frankly Speaking About Lung Cancer by the Cancer Support Community: A comprehensive book that empowers people affected by lung cancer with information on treatment decision-making, side effects management, and improving quality of life during and after diagnosis. (This book is available in our Cancer Support Community Library in the box labeled “Lung Cancer”. Also check out our “Featured Topic” shelves.)

100 Questions & Answers About Lung Cancer: Edition 2 by Karen Parles, Joan H. Schiller, and Amy Cipau: Gives both the doctor’s and patient’s point of view.  A guide to understanding treatment options, post-treatment quality of life, sources of support, and more.

Living with Lung Cancer - My Journey by Thomas E. Cappiello: Thomas Cappiello was diagnosed with inoperable Stage IIIA locally-advanced adenocarcinoma (Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer), an incurable disease. This book is the inspirational story of how he beat the odds and survived and thrived in the face of this devastating illness. This book is for patients and caregivers who want to know what life is like after getting a cancer diagnosis.

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
Dr. T. Kumar Pendurthi
Rebecca Rij-Flynn
Dale Schmelzle
Elizabeth Scofield

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.

More Ways to Contribute

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

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Executive Director, Amanda Buss and share her cancer journey. We are delighted to have Amanda join our team.

In 2006, at the age of 28, when I laid on my 4yr old daughter’s bedroom floor so that the transition to her new bedroom in our new house wasn’t scary for her, I accidently brushed my breast with my hand and felt what seemed like a grape under my skin. This was going to lead my life on a journey that would bring so much good to my life. After the initial shock of hearing the words YOU HAVE CANCER and learning about treatment options and side effects, I knew that I needed to reflect on my life and remember what got me to where I am in my life today.

My Attitude, My Determination and My Family and Friends.

My Attitude – I’m sure that my mom could vouch that my attitude would not let cancer have a chance...sorry mom for everything that I put you through growing up… whether it was my stubbornness, my positive mind frame, or not letting anyone or anything tell me how or what to do.

My Determination – When I was growing up, I played sports. In the beginning, I wasn’t very good. I was tall so immediately I was a good basketball player...but going into my sophomore year of HS, it wasn’t until my coach instilled in me that I needed to keep practicing and seek out any opportunity to shoot hoops to make me a better player. Well the summer between my sophomore and junior year, that is what I did. If being a top scorer on my team, setting a school record for foul shot percentage, and finally making a post season debut in the conference isn’t...well then maybe the 20 recruitment letters from colleges to play basketball for them was.

My Friends – Whether it was going to a doctor appointment and seeing the doctor do a biopsy of my breast, a night out, a Toby Keith concert, a trip to Jamaica, trying to find a day of the week and a time that fits both our schedules so that we can stay on an exercise plan, my friends have always been there to offer a hand and to let me know that cancer didn’t have much of a chance.

My Family – The ones that kept my mind at ease, tolerated my chemo crankiness and helped me build the foundation that I needed to get over all the bumps and barriers that life has thrown at me.

I will be the first to admit that the treatments were not fun and the side effects I endured sucked; but always knew that they were just another bump in the road or foul on the court that I would have to look back on to become a stronger, wiser model for young women in the future. My life continues on as a mom, sister, wife, daughter and the fact that I was diagnosed with cancer did not stop me from living life because I did not let it. Instead, I used it to help me help others. I became involved with the Cancer Support Community which opened my eyes up to what others were battling and gave me a list of amazing opportunities that I am now able to share with others and help them along their journey.

This wasn’t the end of my journey, in 2010; cancer had made another attempt to sideline me. Being almost 5 years from my initial diagnosis, I had no thought in my mind that I would have cancer again. Awaken in the middle of the night, from a horrible pain in my side, I drove myself to the hospital and was sent home with a diagnosis of kidney stones. I endured a torturous week of jury duty with this pain and the following Sunday when doubled over in pain in the middle of the aisle at Giant, I had my husband Mark drop me off at the ER. After further review, the kidney stones ended up as tumors…in ¾ of my liver, in my pancreas, wrapped around my spinal cord and in my bones, and later to find out in my ovaries.

Taking what I learned the first time around, the positive attitude that I kept, the determination and strength that got me through the side effects, and the support of my family and friends there was no doubt in my mind that the cancer didn’t have what was needed to knock me down.

So, now that I know I will face this disease for the rest of my life, it knows that it will not beat me. It may take up space in my body, but it does not get my love, my healthy cells or my mind.

Make it snow at the Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley! Join in the 2017 Snowflake Challenge, and raise funds for our vital programs that help people impacted by cancer. Community groups, student/college clubs, businesses, and other organizations are challenged to each raise $1,000.

Click here to learn more.

Knitters Unite... Supplies Needed

Our knitting class, led by Fiber artist Dale Inlander started as a series and very quickly became popular amongst our members and is now held monthly as long as supplies continue to be available. Items created by the group are pictured below: “Comfort Dolls” which have been donated to children undergoing treatment at Lehigh Valley Health Network and knitting items which were felted to create hats, bowls and purses. The supplies needed are Worsted yarn and Poly Fill. Donations can be sent to the Cancer Support Community, 944 Marcon Blvd., Suite 110, Allentown, PA 18109. Thank you in advance to our community of friends and neighbors.

Don’t trade or junk your car, donate it!

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.

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…Fall is here!

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

November ’16 Recipes

Spicy Baked Chicken With Squash And Walnuts


Triple Dark Chocolate Mousse Pie

November 8

by Maureen Cort and Bill Fitzpatrick
in memory of her sister Barbara Ann Delazaro on her birthday

The organization’s 2015-16 Annual Report is available for viewing on our Website.

Thank You, Foundation and Corporate Supporters

Air Products

Air Products

Highmark Blue Shield
Hospital central Services Ironton Global Lehigh Valley Health Network Liberty Property Trust
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
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
  Saucon Valley Country Club Ladies 'Rally for the Valley' Sylvia Perkin Perpetual Charitable Trust
  The Century Fund The Fleming Foundation
  The Rea Charitable Trust Harry C. Trexler Trust
  Walter & Alma Bastian Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation Trumbower Hospital Foundation


This list begins at the $1,000 support level.

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