Weyerbacher Teams With LVHN to Support Breast Cancer Patients Through Sales of Althea This October

weyerbacher althea bottleLast year, the team at Easton’s Weyerbacher Brewing Company put its creative juices to work and developed a unique breast cancer fundraiser: a ruby-hued, Belgian-style dubbel they named, Althea. The bottled ale was sold only during October and resulted in a $12,000 donation to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) for the benefit of breast cancer patients.

Because of the positive response to the fundraiser in 2013, Weyerbacher president Dan Weirback is bringing Althea back. “We had hundreds of ‘likes’ on our Facebook page, and more than 100 comments too,” he says. (Check out their photos here.)

The microbrew will be sold at Wegmans stores in the Lehigh Valley, as well as up and down the East coast. “One dollar from the sale of each bottle will go to LVHN’s Pink Ribbon Fund,” he says. “We produced 15,000 bottles of Althea this year and hope to sell every last one to help breast cancer patients.”

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Glenn Mackin, MD, Takes Detailed, Yet Light-Hearted Approach to Care for Neuromuscular Disorders

As a board-certified neurologist who specializes in neuromuscular disorders, Glenn Mackin, MD, deals with serious matters and takes a very detailed approach. But he does it in a light-hearted way.

“We laugh a lot,” he says. “The core of taking care of patients is that relationship. It’s trust, it’s a comfort level, it’s an ease.”

Mackin sees patients at Lehigh Neurology. He also is board-certified in clinical neurophysiology, neuromuscular medicine and internal medicine.

Get to know him with this video.

Orthopedic Surgeon Joseph Horton, MD, Talks About Knee Replacement Surgery

Nearly 150 Senior Choice program members filled Lobitz Catering hall in Hazleton on Sept. 23 to learn what a knee replacement is, why it is done and how it works. They received valuable information from Lehigh Valley Health Network orthopedic surgeon Joseph Horton, MD, during a Lunch and Learn event. Many of the more than 650,000 total knee replacements procedures performed annually in the United States are for senior citizens.

Early diagnosis and treatment for knee pain is important. Horton explained that the leading cause of knee pain is osteoarthritis, which deteriorates the knee’s natural cushion, leading to bone-on-bone contact, soreness and swelling. “Osteoarthritis is degenerative,” Horton says. “It won’t get better on its own and may get worse.”

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Allentown’s New PPL Center to Host BlackOUT 8; Event will Raise Funds for LVHN’s Community Practices

BlackOUT maskIn 2007, BlackOUT began as a small event to raise money for patients and families impacted by HIV. Eight years later, it’s grown into a highly anticipated fund-raiser attended by almost 1,000 revelers for the benefit of patients of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) community practices.

Now the event is moving into Allentown’s most visible location. BlackOUT 8, a dance party where everyone dresses in fashionable black attire, will be held 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the new PPL Center arena in downtown Allentown. Tickets are $40 general admission. DJ Cap Cee will provide entertainment. Read More »

Is Genetic Testing Right for You?

Look for family cancer cluesThe genes you inherited from your parents account for many obvious physical characteristics, like your eye color or height, and hidden ones such as those that determine your blood type or make you susceptible to develop asthma. Sometimes those genes also include unique mutations that put you at risk for diseases like cancer.

But hematologist oncologist, Ranju Gupta, MD, with Hematology Oncology Associates in Bethlehem and the Health Center at Bangor, says while all cancers are caused by genetic mutations, not all of those mutations are passed on through the genes. “A very small percentage of patients inherit risk, but a majority of cancers have no known link from generation to generation,” Gupta says.

However, genetic testing can be an important tool to consider under certain circumstances. “The first step is to look at your family medical history. If you can name several people in your family who have had any type of cancer, you should talk with your doctor about genetic testing,” Gupta says. “For example, if your mother had breast cancer, your grandfather had prostate cancer and your cousin had pancreatic cancer, those multiple cancers among blood relatives may mean you have an elevated chance for developing cancer too.” Read More »