LV Cancer Support volunteers honored
The Cancer Support Community of the Greater Lehigh Valley honored some of its most dedicated volunteers at a luncheon and award ceremony in the event center at Blue Grillhouse earlier this fall.
Three awards were given out to six people and organizations who have worked with the Cancer Support Community over the past several years.
Heman Patel of East Penn Business Machines Inc. and Rob Vaughn of 69 News were honored with the distinguished service award.
"Heman Patel is so talented and multifaceted that we're never sure which one of his guises we're going to get," said volunteer coordinator Rebecca Morgan.
Patel has volunteered as a photographer for Wings of Hope, a butterfly release ceremony, and also serves as the printer for the organization.
"They do great work here and I just wanted to be a small part of that and fortunately I got an opportunity to help," Patel said.
Vaughn has emceed the Wings of Hope ceremony for each of the past five years.
"A lot of people say when we do the news each night we only emphasize the bad news, but there's also a lot of good we try to emphasize," Vaughn said. "We try to get there each year for the butterflies and other good things and hopefully you see those things too, because there is a lot of good to highlight in the Lehigh Valley and the Cancer Support Community is a big one."
Heather Rodale and the Women's 5K Class were given the distinguished philanthropy award.
Rodale has been a member of the board of directors at Cancer Support Community since 2007 and chairs the nominating committee.
"Personally I don't know what I would do without Heather's help to guide us," board president Judy Savchak said.
Over the past eight years, The Women's 5K has donated more than $100,000 to the Cancer Support Community for support groups, educational classes and stress reduction workshops.
HighMark Blue Shield received the distinguished community partner award for sponsorship of the HighMark Walk for a Healthy Community.
Sue Manela, who is a professional assistant and adjunct professor of medical information courses at Northampton Community College, also received the distinguished community partner award. With the help of her students, Manela worked to make clinical information more easily understandable for participants in the Cancer Support Community. Manela also serves as a committee members for Wings of Hope.
"When I originally got involved in the Cancer Support Community it was through an ad I saw in the paper asking to be in angel and really everyone I've been associated with at this organization truly are angels," Manela said.
The Cancer Support Community also held a raffle that included a gift certificates to Emeril's Chop Shop, a gift certificate to Blue Grillhouse, tickets to the Chris Botti concert at the Sands Casino, handcrafted jewelry by designer Illene Wood, and a four-day, three-night stay at the Luxury Yacht Club Villa Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.