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Eric Kosalko remembers walking up to a clerk in a convenience store one day when suddenly, he couldn’t talk. “I tried to tell her I wanted gas and couldn’t get the words out,” says Eric. “The people in line looked at me as if I was drunk.”

Flannel shirts, tents and a cut-out grizzly bear set the stage for the Campfire Ball enjoyed by 84 long-term care residents of the Good Shepherd Home-Raker Center along with family members, guests, volunteers, and staff on September 14 at DeSales University. A small army worked behind the scenes to make the evening memorable.

The 33rd annual Raker Memorial Awards were held Friday, November 2, 2018, at Grace Lutheran Church in Allentown, continuing a tradition honoring the Raker legacy of compassion and service to others. Recipients were Helen Breidegam and Karen Senft, M.D. The Raker Spirit Award, was given to Sandra Marrone, a physical therapist and manager of inpatient physical therapy services.

Everyone at the All-Star Sports Ball for residents of the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem expected a wonderful night out with dancing, good food and fun. But no one expected retired heavyweight champion of the world, Larry Holmes, to make a surprise guest appearance. Yet there he was, a towering giant of a man with a heart every bit equal to his size.

Baby, it’s cold outside, but in the multipurpose room at Good Shepherd’s Raker Center in Allentown, resident John Gulich is sitting on Daytona Beach, Florida, soaking up the sun and loving every moment of it. John is actually immersed in a virtual reality (VR) experience, the next best thing to being there, and 21st century technology is making it possible.

Transition. Loss. Change. These are the words that come to mind this time of year. We have transitioned from an unusually wet summer into autumn and now winter. The daylight hours are short and the nights are longer. The trees are bare and the farmers’ fields are at rest, waiting for another spring, another season of growth. We only have to look all around and see there is change.

A Well-Deserved Honor

David F. Lyons, vice president for development at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, received the Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals at a National Philanthropy Day breakfast on November 15 at DeSales University.

Good Shepherd held its most successful Fall Classic on Monday, September 24, at Lehigh Country Club, raising more than $187,000 for the Pediatrics Program. We are especially grateful to committee chair Jon Warner of Warner Benefits/HR Administrators, for his outstanding leadership.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Nikischer could be counted on to never forget a face, always have a smile, and never run out of shampoo and conditioner. A longtime resident of the Good Shepherd Home-Bethlehem, Jackie, 64, passed away on Monday, August 20, after a brief illness. She was a sweet and gentle woman who cared more for others than herself.