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A Lasting Gift for the Children

The late Brian Perin was fondly remembered Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at the Good Shepherd inpatient pediatric unit in Bethlehem where a plaque recognizing the Brian Perin Fund for Sustaining Pediatrics was dedicated. A successful Northampton businessman, Brian passed away on February 6, 2017, at the age of 56. Good Shepherd Pediatrics Program was a designated beneficiary of a portion of his estate, reflecting Brian’s desire to ensure that any child in need would receive care regardless of a family’s ability to pay. “Brian was a very generous man, who could be a card. He was always laughing,” said Brian’s sister-in-law, Linda Mill-Perin, who was very close with Brian. “But deep inside he had a really good heart and he loved helping others. I’m so happy this gift is going to be used for people who really need it.” (From left: Jamie Zanelli, director of clinical operations; Linda Mill-Perin; Kimberly Kuchinski, MD, medical director, pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation; Amanda Kleckner, director of pediatric therapy; and Gary Schmidt, interim president and CEO.)

Donor Generosity Benefits MS Wellness

The Good Shepherd MS Wellness Program recently received generous donations from GiveBack Lehigh Valley for $18,500 from its 2019 softball/cornhole tournament in September at Hockey Park in Whitehall, and Hockey Fights MS for $11,750 from its Pennsylvania men’s and women’s hockey tournaments in August at the Bethlehem Steel Ice Rink. Aurora Brunovsky founded GiveBack Lehigh Valley with her husband, Joe, as a way of supporting local charities. “He and I both share the same passion in making our Lehigh Valley community even better than it already is,” says Aurora.

Since 2011, Hockey Fights MS has raised more than $94,000 for the MS Wellness Program. Hockey Fights MS was founded in 2005 by Candice Arnold, an avid ice hockey player since childhood, who started developing symptoms of MS entering her senior year at Muhlenberg College. Candice chose to support the Good Shepherd program after learning of its reputation and mission.