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Winter 2017

Whether you’re a parent or a pediatric caregiver there’s nothing quite so heart wrenching as a baby’s cry. For Jackie Swackhamer, an occupational therapist at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit, one particular baby’s cry was a call to action, and so our Cuddle Program was born, the first of its kind in the region.

Carol Mark is turning 75, and she’s spending her birthday doing something that literally is near and dear to her heart. Sitting in a dimly-lit room Carol holds six-month-old Ella Tuggle close against her chest and gently rocks the tiny baby girl. The look on Carol’s face, and on Ella’s face too, is one of pure joy and contentment.

The Lehigh Country Club was the setting on Monday, Sept. 11 for 138 golfers, tennis and pickleball players who turned out for Good Shepherd’s 2017 Fall Classic benefiting the Pediatrics Program. Together with the Celebrity Bartender event on Thursday, Sept.

Five years after a diving accident left her paralyzed from the neck down, Michaela Devins did something she thought was forever lost to her.

Watch a video of Michaela walking in the EksoGT.

Tara Ringer was getting worried. Very worried. Several hours ago on a rainy Saturday last May, her 25-year-old daughter Maura had called saying she was leaving her Brooklyn, New York, apartment to come home for an early Mother’s Day visit.

(L-R: Senator Patrick Browne; Lorillie Soleta, Raker Spirit Award Winner; Richard Schall.)

Olivia Sterner looks and acts like just about any 14-year-old. What’s not typical about this shy, pretty teen was a brain tumor the size of two golf balls that was diagnosed when she was two years old.

I grew up in a very snow laden area. Snow in the winter was a way of life. I gained an appreciation for the gentleness of the snow. There is something beautiful and simplistic about listening to snow falling in the evening. The way the snow lightens the sky and the quietness of the snow hitting the already fallen snow.