The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

By Nancy Eshelman

Hearing a cancer diagnosis is like throwing a rock in a pond. The ripples spread, touching everyone and everything in life.

For a caregiver, it can feel like a tsunami.

Jay and Johanna Fessenden have been living with Jay’s cancer diagnosis for eight years. Jay, who is 39, has undergone several surgeries. As a result, he’s become disabled and suffers seizures that must be treated immediately with medication.

For Johanna, 37, that means sticking close to home.

How the Scrap Happy Angels Began

How the Scrap Happy Angels Began

My cousin and I formed a team thirteen years ago named “Scrap Happy Angels”. So far we have been able to raise over $45,337.00 for this wonderful Foundation. We came up with the team name since we are both avid scrapbookers. We decided to have a scrapbook day named “Scrap Happy Angel Crop” each year with the monies being donated to the Angel Walk. We contacted all our fellow scrapbookers and were able to raise approximately $700 the first year of our event.

Vicky and I both lost our mothers in 1998 due to cancer. Each of us was fortunate enough to be able to give our mothers the best of care without having to worry about how to pay for the many services needed. We are also both lucky to have a very dear aunt who treated both of us as her own daughters. About seven years ago our aunt became very ill and it was then that we found out she also had cancer.

We've Got to Tell the Kids

It’s not a pretty scenario. A 48-year-old woman sits in the living room of her Carlisle home. She stays on the first floor these days; the stairs are just too much. Before this began, she weighed 157 pounds. These days the scale barely tops 100. She’s lost her hair and her appetite to chemotherapy. The side effects are grueling; the pain intense. Then the phone rings. A bill collector is on the other end.

Neato Burrito's First Ever T-Shirt To Benefit Vickie's Angels

Neato Burrito's First Ever T-Shirt To Benefit Vickie's Angels

For all of you burrito fans, we are sure that you probably already frequent one of the seven local Neato Burrito locations. While you are enjoying your next yummy burrito, consider purchasing their first ever Neato Burrito t-shirt. The price is $12, with the net proceeds of the first 500 shirts to benefit Vickie’s Angel Foundation. Shirts are available at all locations.

Modjeski & Masters First 5K Big Success

We had a beautiful morning to have our first annual Modjeski & Masters 5K in honor of the 90th anniversary of the Market Street bridge.  Modjeski & Masters are bridge builders who just happened to build the Market Street Bridge.  They liked the fact that Vickie's Angel Foundation serves as a temporary financial bridge for local families fighting cancer, and decided to join our mission by hosting this walk/run.  $5,250 was raised in total.  What a success!  Below are a few of the highlights.

Vickie's Angel Foundation Awarded Harrisburg Magazine's Reader's Choice Award

Vickie's Angel Foundation has received the Reader's Choice award for a Nonprofit Organization by Harrisburg Magazine.  Wow!  We cannot thank all of our supporters enough who took the time to vote for us.  We are small but mighty, and together we are making a difference in the lives of local families fighting cancer.  Thanks again for helping us spread the awareness of Vickie's Angel Foundation.