Students donate Harnessing Hope bags to UPMC Susquehanna
WILLIAMSPORT –Senior student officers from Hughesville High School’s National Honor Society donated 50 Harnessing Hope bags to Susquehanna Health Foundation to benefit patients at the Cancer Center at UPMC Susquehanna. These bags, assembled by the students, are part of an annual effort by the Paternostro Family Foundation to provide support to newly-diagnosed cancer patients. Pictured are students Lacey Bassler, Danielle Holmes, Allison Mattucci, and Rebeckah Walton with Cancer Center representatives June Zimmerman, social worker, and Michele Mach, RN, and Paternostro Family Foundation chairman, Krista Paternostro Bower. The mission of The Paternostro Family Foundation is to provide support to those facing a cancer diagnosis, to provide scholarships to deserving high school student/athletes, and to keep the memory and spirit of Kathleen and Thomas Paternostro alive for their children, friends, and family. Each Harnessing Hope Bag Program comes with items a patient may find useful to have close by to help with the environment, including snacks, hand cream, mouthwash, wet wipes, and more. A notebook is included to write down moments of laughter, conversations worth noting, information about medications, ideas for the future, and more. Each item is intended to provide a little comfort through the uncomfortable parts of the cancer journey.