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Summer 2018

Dear Friends,

At Good Shepherd compassionate healing is at the heart of what we do. Our therapists and physicians use innovation, education and clinical expertise to help heal those with physical disabilities. But there are other kinds of healing taking place here every day, and that is healing of the soul through relationship building.

Jade Szukics remembers hearing her baby’s first cry. But the moment every mother dreams of, that exquisite moment of holding her newborn as he took his first breath was denied her.

Brian Marrero may not be able to talk, but his face and body speak volumes. Sitting in the lunch room at Good Shepherd’s inpatient pediatric unit in Bethlehem, Brian, who is non-verbal, goes from being quietly enchanted to enthusiastically bouncing up and down in his wheelchair as his 96-year-old grandfather plays the guitar while Brian’s father sings a Spanish ballad.

Good Shepherd scored its most successful Conrad W. Raker Sporting Clays Invitational on Friday, May 4, raising more than $76,000 for the Long-Term Care Community Access Fund. The event at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays, Coplay, attracted 162 shooters who turned out to enjoy the beautiful weather, camaraderie and delicious food.

The Gala in the Garden held Saturday, June 2, 2018, in the healing gardens of Good Shepherd’s south Allentown campus was an unqualified success raising more than $318,000 for the Good Shepherd Rehabil-itation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem. More than 500 people attended the black tie and fun footwear event.

Donors and nurses were celebrated at the fifth annual Oberly-Allen Nursing Awards ceremony held Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at DeSales University. Through the generosity of donors, seventeen scholarships supporting continuing education were awarded to Good Shepherd nurses.

Good Shepherd’s dedicated team of volunteers was honored at a sports-themed recognition dinner and lunch on April 17 and 18 at the Good Shepherd Home Raker Center.

Editor’s Note: It is with profound sadness we report the sudden passing of Chaplain Paul on April 21, 2018. A beloved spiritual leader and counselor to many of Good Shepherd’s long-term residents and colleagues, Chaplain Paul briefly returned to work after an extended illness last winter and wrote this, his final column.

Woods Talman, Linda Breitenbach, Chaplain Paul Xander, and Matilda Sunnygard.