Supporting Cancer Patients with Ribbons of Hope, Love and Courage

cancer ribbonWas it your mother? Maybe it was it your father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin or friend? The sad truth is that every one of us is likely to be affected by cancer in one way or another. You may not ever get the disease yourself, but chances are you’ll know someone who will.

So let’s all celebrate the cancer survivors, the caregivers, the family and friends who have ever been touched by cancer. Do your part for Lehigh Valley Health Network’s special Cancer Ribbon Wall.

Join us in celebrating those that have faced cancer and won. Join us as we fondly remember the ones who lost. Join us as we celebrate our family members who helped us on our own cancer journeys, and the friends who stayed by our side throughout. Read More »

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Get Your Stride Back at Our Free Runners’ Clinic March 10 Inside LVHN Fitness–One City Center

runner tying shoesIt’s been one long, long (did we mention long?) winter, but now spring is just days away, and the forecast for warmer temperatures is encouraging. So if you’re ready to lace up your sneakers again and start running, we have a free program especially for you.

On Tuesday, March 10, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will host a free Runners’ Clinic at LVHN Fitness–One City Center in downtown Allentown from 5:30 to 7 p.m. At the clinic, sports medicine and orthopedic specialists from LVHN will teach you:

  • Signs and symptoms of common runners’ injuries
  • Tips and techniques to prevent those injuries
  • How to improve your running stride using the Dartfish visualization system, which offers you a 3-D image of your gait.

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Students Raise Funds for LVHN Cancer Patients in Need

Youth present Prager Fund donationPatients receiving cancer care at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) who are in need of covering non-medical expenses received a big boost recently from area youth.

In late January, students from Salisbury Middle School’s Interact Club held their annual Dance-A-Thon and raised more than $5,000. Around the same time, the Senior High Youth Group from New Life Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Tripoli held a “Big Hair Event.” The group collected 87 ponytails for hair donation to Locks of Love, along with $2,300 in cash donations.

Continuing an annual tradition, both groups donated funds raised to LVHN’s David Prager Patient Assistance Fund.   Read More »

Santa Even Remembers the Children Who Are Too Sick to Go Home

ToysSanta Claus came a bit early at the Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital today. Since there is no true chimney to bustle down at the hospital, he dropped off all of the toys for the children who won’t be going home for the holidays. His gifts ended up with all the other donations that the Lehigh Valley and surrounding communities have donated to the Children’s Hospital in recent months. An incredible amount of toys, dolls, arts and crafts lined the walls and stuffed the center of the room at Santa’s Workshop. Families of the inpatient pediatric unit came down from the unit to pick out gifts for their sick children and even their siblings.

“Having a loved one in the hospital is challenging for families even at the best of times,” says child life specialist Vanessa Gramm. “With the added holiday frustrations, this is a way for our families to not have to worry about providing the gifts themselves. They have enough to worry about. It just takes the pressure off.”

Breast Cancer Awareness, Events for Children Set for Saturday at Lehigh Valley Mall

Kidsville News Fun Festival 2014If you’re planning to start your holiday shopping ritual at the Lehigh Valley Mall, this Saturday, Oct. 18, might be an ideal time to do so. The popular shopping destination will host a pair of health-related promotions, both courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).

The first event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. is all about children. Representatives from Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Kidsville News – a fun, family-focused newspaper for school-aged children – will provide free activities and entertainment for kids of all ages. Read More »