The theme for the Cancer Telethon is “People you know helping people you know,” and this year the people we know were the cancer volunteers themselves.
The telethon at Penn’s Peak this year raised $224,254 for research and services, an increase from the $220,589 raised in 2017.
It became personal this year with Bud Wychulis, entertainer Fred Douglas and tympani drummer Vicki Willman all diagnosed with cancer in the past year.
The Vatican announced last week that Pope Francis has appointed a priest of the Diocese of Allentown, Reverend Monsignor Alfred A. Schlert, as the Fifth Bishop of Allentown.
Bishop-elect Schlert is the first priest of the Diocese to be appointed to serve as its Bishop. He has been serving as the Diocesan Administrator since his election by the Diocesan College of Consultors on Feb. 1, 2017 following the Jan. 31 installation of his predecessor Most Reverend John Barres as the Bishop of Rockville Centre, New York.
Mary Ann Grant, a Red Hill resident, was honored April 8 by the American Cancer Society, as a Courage Award recipient, during the 38th annual ACS Telethon airing from Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe. The Courage Award honors both cancer survivors and those still fighting the disease.