The United Auxiliaries Survivorship & Supportive Services Program
The Survivorship & Supportive Services Program for cancer has been a key focus for the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute since the center’s inception. Dr. Randall A. Oyer, M.D., a specialist in Hematology/Oncology, tasked the United Auxiliaries with establishing a program so the hospital’s cancer patients would have advocates working to provide support for them and their families.
The United Auxiliaries raised $750,000 in 3.5 years (1.5 years ahead of their goal) due to the "Never Give Up" spirit of a two-term United Auxiliary executive board, events chairmen and 300+ membership led by Carol E. Reichler. The United Auxiliaries & Supportive Services Program was born, but the committee knew the program would grow as the vision and advancement of the Cancer Campaign took flight.
Fortunately, shortly after the Cancer Institute’s program establishment and building approval, it received a naming donor, Ann B. Barshinger, one of the most personal, energetic, sincere women this community has in its abundance of giving souls. The Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, in partnership with the Penn Cancer Network, exists to assist cancer patients in their fight with the disease through personal encouragement, advanced science and treatment, advocacy, and keeping patients close to home.
The United Auxiliaries team reassembled for the first time in four years and realized they needed to continue the campaign to assist cancer patients. The 2011-2013 United Auxiliaries executive board and membership approved the creation of an endowment program to the United Auxiliaries Survivorship & Supportive Services Program for another $750,000.00 to be paid over the next 5 years.
As of September 29, 2016, the United Auxiliaries proudly completed our pledge of $1.5 million to the Survivorship & Supportive Services Program.
Thank you for helping us make a difference in our community!
Members of the Lancaster General Health executive team toast the United Auxiliaries and our final check presentation to close our $1.5 million pledge to this program.
Photo courtesy of Pam Denlinger
Date: September 29, 2016