Making A Difference

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... »

Angel 34

By Faith Brenneisen~ The Angel 34 Foundation…is a cause for HOPE and an INSPIRATION by FAITH for every child to have their own ANGEL during their time of need” –Nicole Sheriff, founder, Angel 34. Nicole Sheriff was diagnosed with metastatic Ewing’s Sarcoma (bone cancer) in 2002 at age 13. Since then, she hasn’t stopped making a difference in the fight against childho... »

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