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MEDIA ALERT: LVHN Diabetes Camp Teaches Kids How to Manage the Disease Team Type 1 Amateur Cyclist Becky Furuta To Give Talk

WHAT: More than 45 children ages 6-12 with type 1 diabetes will participate in Camp Red Jacket. Now in its 15th year, Camp Red Jacket is a free, three-day program which teaches children with type 1 diabetes how to care for themselves and how to better manage the disease. Amateur cyclist Becky Furuta, who races for Team Type 1 and also suffers from the disease, will attend camp on Tuesday, June 23 to play with the campers and talk with them about her struggles and accomplishments.

In a fun, camp-based setting, the Camp Red Jacket program features arts and crafts, games, sports, blood sugar testing, and educational courses on treating low blood sugars, nutrition, healthy eating, exercise, body image/self-esteem  and other important skills needed for living a healthy life with diabetes. Camp Red Jacket will be held at Camp Fowler, in Orefield, Pa., for an immersive “camp” experience for the children with their very own space and open areas.

Reporters interested in covering the event should contact the Lehigh Valley Health Network public affairs office. Interviews with camp counselors and campers also can be arranged.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, 11-1 p.m.

WHERE: Camp Fowler, 5851 Horseshoe Rd., Orefield, Pa.

BACKGROUND: Diagnosed in 2007 with Type 1 diabetes, cyclist Becky Furuta was invited to race for Team Type 1, sponsored by Novonordisk. Furuta had quit racing after the birth of her daughter, but continued to ride nearly every day. The day she was released from the hospital after her initial diagnosis, Furuta got right back on the bike. “Cycling was my center,” Furuta says. “And I didn’t want to be afraid to get back out and do the things I loved before my diagnosis.”

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MEDIA ALERT: Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest Nears Full Funding for Endowed Chair in Cancer with $475,000 Check


WHAT: The Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest (LVH) will present a check for $475,000 to the health network toward the establishment of The Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital Endowed Chair in Cancer at its annual luncheon. The executive board of the auxiliary voted in June 2012 to fund the chair in cancer pledging the required $2 million. The latest installment leaves a balance of $345,000. 

These funds are realized through sales at the three gift shops at Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest as well as fundraising events throughout the year. This year’s check is the largest ever installment toward completion of the pledge.

Suresh G. Nair, MD, medical director of LVHN cancer services will be the holder of the Endowed Chair in Cancer.  

WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, Noon

WHERE: Lehigh Country Club, 2319 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown

BACKGROUND: Endowed chairs are common in higher education but rare at community teaching hospitals. Lehigh Valley Health Network currently has 17 chairs, which are made possible through the generosity of donors including the Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest. Chair holders have flexibility in how they apply the funding within the guidelines of the endowment. Endowed chairs promote enhanced patient care through education and clinical research, thereby creating a healthier community.

The Auxiliary of Lehigh Valley Hospital – Cedar Crest has funded two other endowed chairs, one in critical care medicine and another in emergency medicine.  The hospital gift shops are run by a paid manager but all staff are volunteers.  All fundraising events are also managed by volunteers. 

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