WAGCA to distribute money to local nonprofits

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A number of organizations will benefit from proceeds of the Waynesboro Area Gala Cancer Auction’s 40th annual and final event in April.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us this year by donating, soliciting or volunteering. It was very much appreciated,” said Jill Kessler, chairman.

Kristyn Martin and Ali Huber, members of the WAGCA steering committee, will chair and co-chair, respectively, a 2023 fundraiser.

Allocations are as follows:

  • Oncology Bridge Fund (WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital) – $10,000

The Oncology Bridge Fund can provide patients in need with gas cards, groceries, pharmacy vouchers for prescription medications, and other types of emergency assistance. The fund can be accessed through our Oncology Social Workers and Oncology Navigator who screen cancer patients to identify needs and barriers to care.

  • Four Diamonds at Penn State Children’s Hospital in Hershey – $10,000

Four Diamonds covers 100 percent of all medical expenses related to cancer care not covered by insurance for eligible Four Diamonds children.

  • Breast Care Awareness of Cumberland Valley – $10,000

BCA-CV offers free mammograms for men and women who have little or no insurance and cannot afford to be screened. BCA-CV also offers many free programs to local breast cancer patients and their families to aid in supporting them through their entire breast cancer journey.  The organization serves the following counties:  Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland, Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania, and the West Virginia counties of Berkeley, Morgan County and Jefferson County.

  • American Cancer Society AstraZeneca Hope Lodge in Philadelphia – $10,000
  • American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Baltimore – $20,000

The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge program provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. More than just a roof over their heads, it’s a nurturing community that helps patients access the care they need. Each Hope Lodge community offers a supportive, homelike environment where guests can share a meal, join in the evening’s activities, or unwind in their own private room. Patients staying at a Hope Lodge must be in active cancer treatment and permanently reside more than 40 miles away from their cancer treatment center.

The remainder of the proceeds will be held in reserve and allocated later this year and/or in 2023 to support planned future program needs of local cancer organizations, according to Kessler.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with next year’s event may contact Martin at 717-658-9203 or pahomes717@gmail.com