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GALETON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT HELPS CANCER CENTER
(Pictured: Alanna Huck - Galeton Area School District Superintendent, Alec Buechler - Senior at Galeton High School, Andrea Streich - Executive Director of Cole Foundation, and Robin Hammersley - Nurse Practitioner at Patterson Cancer Center.)
On March 13, 2018, Alec Buechler presented the Cole Foundation with a check for $5,000 that was raised for the Patterson Cancer Center. Alec teamed up with Mr. Chuck Tameris and his community to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for our local cancer patients. Thank you Alec for your support and donation!
COUDERSPORT ROTARY SUPPORTS "REACH OUT & READ"
(Pictured: Interact Club - Shaylei Burr, Citizens of Tomorrow - Katelynn Plumstead and Makayla Pierce, Rotary President -Ruth Sallade, and Cole Foundation Director - Andrea Streich. Not pictured: Dr. Mary Ann Rigas.)
Cole Foundation Executive Director Andrea Streich and Pediatrician Mary Ann Rigas, MD, spoke at the Coudersport Rotary Club meeting on March 12, 2018.
As Executive Director of the Cole Foundation, Andrea links donations made to the hospital to the areas of greatest need at Cole Memorial (or now UPMC Cole). All donations stay local and every penny received helps our local patients and families.
Andrea Stretch introduced Dr. Mary Ann Rigas as a leader of one of the Cole Foundation’s programs, “Reach Out and Read”.
Reach Out and Read is a national program and is in its seventh year at UPMC Cole. At well-child visits, children from infancy to five years-old are given an age-appropriate book and parents are counseled on the importance of reading and given a bookmark with age-dependent reading tips for parents and local library locations and story times.
“The bookmark gives such tips as it’s okay to chew on books at 6-12 months - don’t discourage them,” Dr. Rigas said.
The Reach Out and Read program has been found to make parents 2 & 1/2 more times more likely to read to their children thus improving children’s language ability and development. 1,827 new books were given to children in the Coudersport and Port Allegany areas last year through the UPMC Cole Reach Out and Read program, and used books were given to older siblings. Donations are needed to purchase new books.
Coudersport Rotary Club supports the Reach Out and Read program and voted to donate $200 to the program. The Cole Foundation thanks the Coudersport Rotary Club for inviting them to speak and for supporting the Reach Out and Read program!
ALEXIA NICHOLS PAYS IT FORWARD FOR CANCER PATIENTS
(Pictured: Patterson Cancer Center patients, Gloria Chelgreen and Kim Vasko; along with Alexia Nichols - Student at Elk County Catholic; Marcia Austin - Oncology Assistant Nurse Manager; Theresa Pierson - Oncology Nurse Manager; Robin Hammersley - Nurse Practitioner at PCC; and Andrea Streich - Executive Director of Cole Foundation.)
Alexia Nichols from Austin, PA recently shared kindness for patients at the Patterson Cancer Center. Alexia is a sophomore at Elk County Catholic High School, is the daughter of Jeanette Nichols of Cole’s Accounting Dept. Alexia donated “Pay It Forward” gifts to be handed out to patients with items that could be enjoyed while having treatments at Patterson Cancer Center. Her goal was to do something nice for someone and then have that person pass the kindness on to someone else. Thank you so much Alexia for sharing kindness to our patients!
GALETON WOMEN OF THE MOOSE DONATION
The Galeton Chapter of Women of the Moose #556 made a donation of $1,817 to the Cole Foundation for Galeton's 2018 Mammography Fund. If a Galeton woman needs to have a mammogram and is un-insured or has a co-pay, this money is to be used for those costs.
The funds were raised from a cooking classes taught by Lynae Gurnsey and sponsored by the Women of the Moose. Pictured seated from the left: Howie Doud - Governor of the Galeton Moose #826, Andrea Streich - Executive Director of the Cole Foundation, Cynthia Froebel - Sr. Regent of WOTM and Greg Froebel - Administrator. 2nd row: Terri Dennison - Recorder, Mary Jo Collins, Cindy Gitchell - Secretary, Sandy Cimino, Charlene Goodreau - Jr. Gradient Regent. Back Row: Bob Gitchell, Kate Holler, Karen Dubots and Mike Murray. (Photo by Andy Lychalk, Jr.)
Women can call and set-up an appointment at Cole or contact Cynthia Froebel at 814-274-9301 ext. 6111 or contact a member of the WOTM.
2017 "LIGHT UP A LIFE" SHINES FOR LOCAL PATIENTS
On the evening of Thursday, December 7, approximately 150 people attended the Cole Foundation’s sixth annual “Light Up A Life” celebration on Cole Memorial Hospital’s campus. Each light on the tree represents a contribution in honor and remembrance of a loved one.
Prior to the crowd singing carols led by the North Country Voices choir and lighting the 60-foot tree, the Cole Foundation’s Executive Director Andrea Streich, provided a welcome message. Cole Memorial’s Hospice Chaplain Reverend Philip Sanders shared an invocation and special remarks were presented by Andrea Heller, DO, regarding Cole Memorial’s Hospice services and the new Palliative Care clinic.
Family members of Cora Watson memorialized her by flipping the switch for the tree lighting.
Proceeds from this event support the needs of hospice and cancer patients at Cole Memorial. To date, over $13 thousand has been donated to this year’s campaign. View the program's list HERE.
“Cole Foundation wishes to thank everyone who donated and those who helped with this special ceremony,” said Andrea Streich. “We’re truly touched and blessed by the support received from our community for our patients of the Patterson Cancer Center and the Hospice program. My hope is that this event has brought joy to others and given them something beautiful to think about during this holiday season. ”
A special thank you went out to Tri-County Rural Electric, North Country Voices, Cole Memorial’s Hospitality Department, Maintenance Department and decorating team.
Star sponsors include The American Legion Potter Post #192, June Buckler, Gaberseck Brothers, Dr. Bradley Giannotti, Alanna Huck, Fred Menschel and Clifford Wood. Major event sponsors are David and Annette Buckler, Dr. Terrance Foust, Ami Foust and family, Chad and Lauren Jackson, Valarie Jackson, John and Patrice Levavasseur, David and Sue Lush, Ed and Shelby Pitchford, Dr. Saket Prasad and Russ Streich. New holiday banners on the hospital’s campus were sponsored by the Galeton Moose Lodge #826, Robert Hunsinger, Jr. and Virginia Wynick.
To make a donation or recognize someone, contact the Cole Foundation at 814-274-5520 or complete an online form at www.colememorial.org. Each gift will be acknowledged by a special card to the person being honored or the family of the memorialized loved one. All gifts are tax-deductible.
COUDERSPORT GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL PINK RIBBON NIGHT WAS A HIT
Pictured left to right: Joplin Osgood, Haley Keck, Madison Smith, the Cole Foundation’s Executive Director Andrea Streich, Jillian Updegraff, Emma Rae Easton, Emma Powell and Adrian Page.)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Coudersport Lady Falcon’s volleyball team raised $352.00 for this cause at their Pink Ribbon Night on October 12, 2017. The amount raised was doubled by a $704 donation from Chuck and Kim Updegraff in honor of Jillian Updegraff’s grandmother, Judy Regg, a breast cancer survivor. Overall, the event raised a total of $1,056. Since 2012, the Lady Falcons have donated $7,222.68 to the Cole Foundation to help local patients at the Patterson Cancer Center with their medical expenses, transportation and the medications they may need, but can’t afford. Way to go Lady Falcons and thank you again Updegraff family!
COLE FOUNDATION HELD 24th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT
The Cole Foundation board and staff wish to express their appreciation to all participants, sponsors, and volunteers of the 24th Annual Cole Foundation Golf Classic which was held on August 23, 2017. In addition to having a pleasant day at the Coudersport Golf Club, the event raised $33,471.67. All of the money raised from this event will go to support the Cora’s Cuddles Fund. This fund was recently established to provide patients and their families, across Cole Memorial, with comfort measures beyond what medical and clinical services can offer. From a child dealing with their first broken bone to a Hospice patient receiving the end of life care, we want to ensure that all have a positive and satisfying experience. Cora’s Cuddles will make it possible for Cole Memorial to provide small items that have the power to make a big difference in the lives of our patients and their families.
The 2017 team winners of the tournament were:
First flight – Mike Kurtz, Dan Schott, Mark Long, Mike Wetzel
Second flight – Larry Hall, Don Kirby, Jim Lane, Bob Smith
Third flight – Scott Bice, Scott Brewer, Doug Resig, Tom Sherman
The Cole Foundation is a non-profit organization, dedicated to supporting and enhancing the work of Cole Memorial as it serves its community by promoting awareness of health needs and goals and identifying and connecting donors to those needs. For more information or to donate to the Cole Foundation, please call Andrea Streich at 814-274-5520.
OPERATION APPRECIATION RECOGNIZES/SUPPORTS VETERANS
(Pictured: 12-year-old Wyatt Daisley placed a flag at Cole's campus to memorialize his uncle, Lt. William E. Daisley. Lt. Daisley lost his life during a military training exercise more than 20 years ago. A donation by Richard and Mary Buchanan was given to the Cole Foundation in memory of Lt. Daisley.)
The Cole Foundation's "Operation Appreciation" was coordinated with our community to say "Thank You" to our local veterans for the sacrifices they have made.
On July 1-7, 2017, Cole Memorial Hospital's campus will be decorated with hundreds of American flags to honor and remember veterans by their family and friends.
All donations from this event will go back to our local veteran patients at Cole Memorial. All gifts are tax deductible.
The names of those honored or memorialized will be displayed in the hospital's lobby and are listed at the end of this VIDEO.
For more information about this or other Cole Foundation events, please call Andrea Streich at 814.274.5520.
COLE FOUNDATION'S 2017 5K RESULTS
Thank you so much to all those that came out on Sunday, May 21, to bring awareness to breast cancer at the 2017 Cole Foundation Pink Ribbon 5K and Kids Fun Run! See walkers' and runners' results HERE.
2017 HEART OF COLE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Cole Foundation is excited to announce the 2017 Heart of Cole Scholarship recipients. The Heart of Cole Scholarship Fund was established to provide financial assistance for current Cole Memorial employees and/or dependent child(ren) of an employee enrolled in undergraduate studies in community colleges, colleges, trade schools, or universities. This scholarship fund is made possible by Cole Memorial’s Employee Giving Club. See the list of recipients HERE.