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Beads of Courage for ailing children

On June 18th the Palermo Heart to Heart Foundation, a Hazleton-based 501 C3 non profit, met with a dynamic eight year old named Brooke Mulford. Brooke has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer, stage IV high-risk neuroblastoma.

We were asked through the Beads of Courage program to help Brooke with two of her wishes.

In July, Brooke will be receiving treatment at a children’s hospital in Boston which doesn’t have a Beads of Courage program, so we supplied Brooke with a home box of beads to continue adding beads to her necklace for different procedures. Through the program children tell their story using colorful beads as meaningful symbols of courage that commemorate milestones achieved along their unique treatment path.

Her mom Amy also told us she has been asking for an IPad, so we made a surprise trip to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and presented Brooke with her own IPad. For the first three minutes after opening the present Brooke just jumped up and down. In the next six hours as she had different exams and checkups. All that time the IPad was in her clutches; it was heartwarming to see the smile that gift put on her face.

Starting in November 2011 our foundation became a regional sponsor for Beads of Courage; we have made a commitment to support the program in Pennsylvania. We are the sole sponsor at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in their hematology/oncology departments. Later this year we will be supporting the program at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and at the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh.

There are many children served by this program, but it is only the generosity of our supporters that makes it possible. We are forever grateful to them and look forward to helping many more children.

On July 14, we will be holding our annual golf tournament. If you or your company would like to become a partner with us please contact us at palermofoundation@gmail.com.

Finally, to a community that gave so much to our family member Frank “Frog” Palermo who received a heart transplant many years ago, this is our way of giving back, we can never totally repay that kindness but we will never stop trying.

Thank you.

Dave Palermo,

Butler Twp.

Board of Directors

Palermo Heart to Heart Foundation



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