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Summer 2016

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April 2016

(Ed's Note: Shortly after this article appeared in the Spring issue of Sweet Charity magazine, Chuck Pliskatt passed away. His gift, in tribute to his wife Emily Howatt Pliskatt, will live on in perpetuity.)

Ten years ago, a brutal assault left Jose Perez with a devastating brain injury. Since then, pain has been a near constant companion for the 47-year-old resident of the Good Shepherd Home at Conrad W. Raker Center who now speaks in halted sentences and  relies on a wheelchair for mobility.

Bob Geisinger was on fire. His face. His hands. His upper body. Flames were searing his skin, blinding him as he frantically looked for a way out of the building where he worked.

Vanessa Gearhart was running late. The traffic on her way home from Wilkes College where she was a freshman was especially bad. Now, as she left her house in Snydersville that November afternoon in 2012 for her job as a sales associate at a jewelry store in the mall, she wanted to make up for lost time.

“Get a bird in the air! Get a bird in the air!”
 
The emergency room nurse bolted out of the treatment room, her voice crisp with urgency as she called for a MedEvac helicopter. Her clipped tone left no doubt that this was a matter of life and death for six-year-old Annabella Story who lay unresponsive on the table.
 
Spring had arrived. The brutal winter of endless snow and cold was over, and that was reason enough for Todd and Christine Husser of Bethlehem to celebrate. On Sunday, June 8, 2014, they were heading home after an ice-cream run to McDonald’s when Christine’s right hand started to tingle. By the time they arrived home, Christine could barely get out of the car.
Fall 2014
 
When Tara Webb learned in the summer of 2012 she was pregnant, the 35-year old mother of three was overjoyed. Her husband, Chris, was equally thrilled, and the couple began planning for the newest addition to their young family. 
Patrick Champagne lived life at 150 mph. Competitive by nature, the Emmaus High School varsity swimmer spent up to 15 hours a week in practice. And when he wasn’t swimming, he was immersed in his studies which included advanced classes in European history and calculus.
 

By Dave Fessler

There are two kinds of people in this world; those who look at life as a glass-half-full and those who look at life as a glass-half-empty. I fall into the first category, which is a good thing since life, as I knew it, took a hairpin turn almost two years ago, challenging me in ways I never would have imagined.

The photograph clinched it. The woman in the photo smiling back at Christine Wilshire weighed more than 400 pounds. She was pre-diabetic and on a collision course to a raft of other health problems if she didn’t do something about it.

Click here to see John's video message to donors.

 

He likes to send handwritten notes of appreciation to employees. He blogs. He understands that Twitter has nothing to do with birds and everything to do with reaching new audiences. And his iPhone is always close at hand, an indispensable tool.

After 16 years at the helm, Good Shepherd President and CEO Sally Gammon is retiring. A look at many of the organization's milestones since her arrival

March/April 2013

On a bitter cold February morning, Tamisha Walker huddled at a bus stop, chatting with three other young women. The conversation ranged from Facebook to favorite books and movies. Tamisha, like so many teen-agers, is a huge “Twilight” fan having read every book in the series. “We’re like penguins,” the 16-year-old joked.

January/February 2013

When Talon Troxel was three, he went from having a vocabulary of 500 words to zero, and refused to eat just about anything put in front of him. When his younger brother, Caden turned three, he too developed speech and feeding problems, and a raging temper that lashed out like a rattlesnake 60 to 80 times a day. The boys were both diagnosed with forms of autism. Caden was also diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder which was causing his tantrums and Talon with Sensory Processing Disorder.

March/April 2012

A touch of the finger on a computer screen. A command, made only with the eyes. For children with physical and cognitive disabilities, such movements, sometimes more easily achieved than others, are opening up whole new worlds of communication and access to learning that decades ago were only dreams.

January/February 2012

License to Live

The first day of November 2011 dawned crisp and clear. Jordan Christman, 19, roused himself and dressed for what would be a full morning. By 8:15 a.m., the lanky teen was at Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center in Allentown for an evaluation and training in preparation for his driver’s license test later in the week.

November/December 2011

 

Christmas Day 2009. Ron Moyer and his wife Lin were heading home to East Stroudsburg after visiting a friend in a hospital when Ron started getting chills. He chalked it up to the onset of the flu, something that hit him every year around the same time.

September/October 2011
 

Little Emaline Musson from Bozeman, Montana, has come a long way at a very young age. The captivating one-year-old, whose parents traveled cross-country for help, came to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit listless and largely unresponsive. But despair turned to celebration. After six weeks at the pediatric unit, Emaline went home. 

July/August 2011
 

Alyssa Armstrong was always one of those kids who pushed the envelope. Vibrant and athletic, she was a fearless soccer player and constantly on the go with her friends.

So it was not surprising that on a cold day in February 2010, Ally was up for a sledding expedition with her pals. The conditions were right and everyone was in high spirits. One hill in particular caught Ally’s attention. It was steep but not impossible. Other kids were sailing down it so why not her?

April 2011

(Pediatric nurse Jamie Zanelli, RN, shares her thoughts on the care and progress of Wes Schlauch who was featured in the May/June 2011 issue of Sweet Charity .)

March/April 2011

He was only 19, but Tommy Slattery had plans. He was working in his father’s plumbing and heating business, and was scheduled to start classes at Lehigh Carbon Community College that would further his knowledge and skills in that profession.

January-February 2011
 

For 12 years,  Patti O’Donnell was  an Irish step dancer, schooled in the art of  intricate foot and leg work, executed with razor-sharp precision. A gifted athlete, she ran track and cross-country, logging her best time for the 800-meter  sprint (half a mile) at  2 minutes, 15 seconds.