Making A Difference

Making Connections Through Reading: Cops ‘n’ Kids Literacy Program

By Jennifer LoConte You know you are doing the right thing in life when all the forces of nature conspire to make you successful.” Beverly Bradley, President of Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program, keeps this quote as a daily reminder of how a single book can forever change the life of a child. According to The State of Literacy in America, 61% of the poorest childre... »

The Miracle League: Lehigh Valley’s Field of Dreams

By Jennifer LoConte It’s a crystal clear summer day at the ball field. Parents sit on bleachers shouting words of encouragement while young players eagerly await their turn at bat. As the cliché goes, baseball is as American as apple pie; however for these players with special needs, it’s something they only dreamed about doing until an organization called The Miracle Leag... »

Curing Childhood Cancer, One Lemonade at a Time

By Jennifer LoConte What began as a simple lemonade stand to raise money for a children’s hospital has evolved into a national foundation to raise awareness and cure childhood cancers. Alex’s Lemonade Stand was founded by Alexandra Scott, a little girl with a big heart who was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma and wanted to help her doctors so that they could in turn, help othe... »

Pinebrook Family Services

by Jennifer LoConte Pinebrook Family Services, now in its 31st year, is a non-profit organization dedicated to children and their families. What began in 1979 as diagnostic foster care has blossomed into a full-service agency that strives to keep families together while meeting clients’ diverse needs. Its mission is “to promote the well-being and self-sufficiency of childr... »

A Dream Come True

By Susan Stets Imagine you’re a six-year-old running around Walt Disney World’s “Fantasyland” with Peter Pan and Captain Hook, or perching on Pluto’s lap for a train ride through “Give Kids the World,” where ice cream is served for breakfast and Christmas comes every Thursday. Orefield resident Cody Benedetto, now 10 years old, says those were his two favorite experiences ... »

Reaching Out to Victims of Domestic Violence

By Jennifer LaConte Domestic violence is a crime that happens to people across all ethnicities and financial backgrounds. The single most dangerous call for law enforcement response is for domestic violence incidents and it is not uncommon for an officer to have to return repeatedly to the same household. Two area organizations—the Beginning Over Foundation and Turning Poi... »

Tragedy to Triumph: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

By Jennifer LoConte “I’m going to save my sister,” stated five-year old Conner Reitz, after learning that his 20-month old sister, Claire, had been diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. In 1999, Claire began an extensive two-year treatment program consisting of daily oral chemotherapy, monthly intravenous chemo and weekly chemo-infused spinal taps. Conner, with the su... »

Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.

By Jennifer LoConte Survivorship, Fun & Living Life Luke was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age three. At age five, he with his mother, Nicole Ronco, moved from the Lehigh Valley to Boston to undergo specialized chemotherapy. At the time, Ronco was pregnant and also had a 1½ year old daughter at home— but Luke was given a 50% chance of survival, so they we... »

Lauren’s First & Goal

By Sara Vigneri “Have you ever had a problem?” Patrice Domozych, a tall blonde woman wearing a business suit, poses this question to a group of first and second graders assembled in the Shawnee Elementary School cafeteria in Forks Township. The kids whisper their secret problems to each other as Domozych brings up a colorful Power Point slide showing the book she wrote cal... »

Valley Youth House

By Sara Vigneri On a cold day in January, a man is pacing the streets of Bethlehem looking for something. There is a boy on that street as well, and he is also looking for something. The man is looking to help children and youth who need protection from the cold, from abuse, from gangs or from their troubled life. The boy doesn’t really know what he’s looking for, and prob... »

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