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Renewal by Andersen of Central PA Creates Care Packages for CCRF Kids

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Renewal by Andersen of Central PA lent a helping hand to local nonprofit, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, to help create Bear-Able Gifts for sick youth.

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HARRISBURG – The staff of Renewal by Andersen of Central PA volunteered their time and talents on Sunday afternoon to help sticker 1,000’s of toys, count inventory and create about a dozen “special request” packages that will be shipped across the nation to children fighting cancer.

The Bear-Able Gift Program is run by the Harrisburg-based nonprofit, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF). As part of Renewal by Andersen of Central PA’s yearlong charitable partnership with CCRF, this was the first of many opportunities the two organizations worked together to support CCRF’s mission.

“This was a great experience for our staff and a meaningful way for us to give back to the local community,” said Linda Johnston, General Manager of Renewal by Andersen of Central PA. “Everyone was able to share their strengths throughout a different part of the packing process.”

Each quarter, social workers and child life specialists may request toys and gifts based on the number of children they are treating. CCRF relies upon the help of volunteers to pull age and gender-appropriate toys from their warehouse of donations and prepare boxes for shipment.

These items are then shipped to hospitals and/or oncology centers across the country. Some hospitals choose to give each child something when they come in for treatment. Some children receive a special gift on their birthday. Others will place toys in their play centers for all the children to enjoy.

We had a fun time working together, but also realized these toys were going to brighten someone’s day who is not as fortunate as we are,” said Johnston. “It was a humbling reminder to never take health or family for granted.”

The Bear-Able Gift Program is made possible through the generosity of corporations and individuals all across the United States. All the toys and gifts that are sent through this program are 100% donated. More information about the Bear-Able Gifts program can be found by visiting http://childrenscancerrecovery.org/programs/bearable-gifts/.

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About Renewal by Andersen of Central PA
Renewal by Andersen of Central PA is the area’s exclusive start-to-finish window and door replacement division of Andersen Corporation, the most recognized window and door brand in the United States. Renewal by Andersen expanded to Central PA in 2006 and serves all of Central and Southcentral PA including Harrisburg, Lancaster, York Reading, Chambersburg, State College and Selinsgrove. Built upon the Andersen tradition of over 100 years of quality, innovation and craftsmanship, Renewal by Andersen of Central PA was founded with the objective of creating a different and better window and door replacement experience for homeowners. Learn more by visiting http://www.rbacentralpa.com.

About Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)
Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids(educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins; Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helped 16,995 children affected by cancer and their families in 2015. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.



Renewal by Andersen of Central PA Partners with CCRF

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Renewal by Andersen of Central PA teams up with local nonprofit, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, to donate manpower, portion of sales, and product as part of yearlong charitable partnership.

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HARRISBURG – Renewal by Andersen of Central PA is adding another branch of service to its replacement window and door business - and that is community service. In partnership with Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, Renewal by Andersen of Central PA will help grow the impact of this local nonprofit through monthly volunteer events as well as monetary and in-kind donations.

Over the years, Renewal by Andersen of Central PA has been a longtime supporter of many different local charities and nonprofits. This year, the business wished to focus its charitable giving on building a deeper relationship with one organization in an effort to give back at a greater level than ever before.

After great consideration, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation was selected for this special partnership because its mission to improve the mental, social and emotional well-being of children and their families facing a cancer diagnosis closely aligns with the passion and interests of the Renewal by Andersen of Central PA staff.

“It was important for us to partner with an organization that helps children, especially those facing a devastating disease like cancer,” says Linda Johnston, General Manager, Renewal by Andersen of Central PA. “Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation does amazing work to bring happiness to these kids and we want to be a part of that.”

Throughout the year, Renewal by Andersen of Central PA’s staff will help organize “Bear-Able Gifts” that are delivered to children in the hospital, create care packages for Camp iHope campers, hand-write thank you notes, staff community events and more. The business also plans to donate a portion of sales for all of June and September to support important operating costs while raising awareness for the organization.

“We are extremely excited about this partnership,” says Jocelyn Davis, Executive Director, Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation. “We have an ambitious and exciting plan for the year which will allow us to work closely together to share in the joy of helping our children and their families!”

About Renewal by Andersen of Central PA

Renewal by Andersen of Central PA is the area’s exclusive start-to-finish window and door replacement division of Andersen Corporation, the most recognized window and door brand in the United States. Renewal by Andersen expanded to Central PA in 2006 and serves areas in South Central PA including Harrisburg, Lancaster, York Reading, Chambersburg, State College and Selinsgrove. Built upon the Andersen tradition of over 100 years of quality, innovation and craftsmanship, Renewal by Andersen of Central PA was founded with the objective of creating a different and better window and door replacement experience for homeowners. Learn more by visiting http://www.rbacentralpa.com.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids(educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins; Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helped 16,995 children affected by cancer and their families in 2015. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.



New Board of Directors Join CCRF

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Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation Announces New Board of Directors

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Harrisburg, PA – New leadership recently joined Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation’s (CCRF) Board of Directors. The national 501(c)3 nonprofit, headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., welcomed five new members to help enhance the reach and performance of its programs. CCRF assists children under age 18 and their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis.  The Foundation focuses on improving the mental, social, and emotional well-being of these families while helping to minimize the devastation that cancer can cause.

Four Central Pennsylvania residents were appointed to CCRF’s Board of Directors during the fall and winter of 2015. New members include: Stephen Dukes of Hershey, Pa., J. Andrew Miller of Harrisburg, Pa., Jocelyn Davis of Waynesboro, Pa., and Martin Dumic of McKeesport, Pa. The group is also joined by Keonna Bonner of Hercules, Ca.

Stephen Dukes, of Hershey, Pa., will serve as President for a one-year term. Dukes, a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, received his Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. When not serving in his capacity on the CCRF Board, Dukes is a Volunteer Staff Attorney for the Dauphin County Bar Association.

J. Andrew Miller, of Harrisburg, Pa., will serve as Vice President for a one-year term. Miller, a Work Experience/Co-Op Coordinator for Special Education at Central Dauphin High School, completed his undergrad at Messiah College, earned his Master’s of Education from Millersville University, and received his Co-Op Certification from Penn State University.

Jocelyn Davis, of Waynesboro, Pa., will serve as Secretary for a one-year term. Davis, the Executive Director of the Foundation, is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College. Davis was appointed as Executive Director in August 2015.

Martin Dumic, of McKeesport, Pa., will serve as a Director for a one-year term. Dumic is a manager with Northwest Savings Bank's Consumer Discount Company in Camp Hill, Pa., and previously worked with Dauphin Deposit Bank & Trust and Members 1st Federal Credit Union.

Keonna Bonner, of Hercules, Ca., will serve as a Director for a one-year term. Bonner, a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is a clinical research associate for Quintiles, Inc., a Fortune 500 company and the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development and commercial outsourcing of clinical trial services.

About Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)

Headquartered in Harrisburg, Pa., the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids(educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins; Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helped 16,995 children affected by cancer and their families in 2015. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.



NEC SAAC Raises Money to Benefit Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation

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Somerset, NJ -- It was a weekend full of service, discussion and learning for the Northeast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

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The annual league-wide NEC SAAC meeting returned to Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and it included a trip to the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF) in nearby Harrisburg for service work.

With the "Sweetest Place on Earth" providing the backdrop, a group of 18 student-athletes and six administrators spent time discussing proposed NCAA legislation and national SAAC issues and initiatives.

Amidst the sharing of best practices and detailed discussions, the group of student-athletes participated in an interactive presentation from Dr. Derek Greenfield. The renowned "visionary" speaker structured the session around the concept of leadership and heavily engaged the 18 student-athlete leaders in attendance.

The NEC SAAC group also enjoyed some milk chocolate treats and a Hershey Bears' hockey game during the weekend, but the two-day summit's cornerstone activity was the visit to CCRF.

During their visit, NEC SAAC leaders hand-delivered, in the form of an $11,587.17 check, the funds raised from the group's annual "Money Wars" Fundraiser. In addition to the monetary donation, the student-athletes turned in a day's worth of volunteer activity at CCRF headquarters.

While volunteering for the Foundation, which assists children under age 18 and their families who are facing the hardships of a cancer diagnosis, the NEC SAAC prepared gift packages that will reach more than 1,000 children.

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Here are highlights of what the group accomplished:
- Counted and sorted through nearly 2,000 wooden toys, which are sent in every Bear-Able Gift shipment and used for art therapy in the hospitals.

- Checked-in and boxed 256 large toy donations!

- Built and decorated more than 20 Toy Drive donation bins.

- Prepared hand-written notes of encouragement. The notes will be sent in each Bear-Able Gift shipment during the fourth quarter of the 2015 calendar.
"Community engagement is one of the primary goals of the NEC and is at the forefront of our recently launched #conNECt campaign," commented Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris.

"We deeply value the relationship that continues to grow between the NEC SAAC and the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. Not only do our student-athletes come together annually to raise funds to support the work of the foundation, but every other year they have the opportunity to take part in projects that directly impact the children and families that benefit from the efforts of CCRF."

Since 2010, the Northeast Conference, through the leadership of its SAAC, has sponsored a league-wide fundraiser to benefit Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation. To date, the NEC SAAC has delivered more than $40,000 to CCRF.
About Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation (CCRF)
Headquartered in Harrisburg, PA with a division in The Woodlands, TX, the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation supports children under 18 and their families facing the hardships of cancer. The foundation performs acts of care and kindness through the following programs: Bear-Able Gifts (largest distributor of gifts to children with cancer in the U.S.); Toxic-Free Kids (educates families on the dangers of environmental toxins); New Era Cancer Research Fund (funds research for less toxic, minimally-invasive pediatric-cancer treatments); International Aid (provides medications and supplies to clinics in developing and impoverished countries); Helping Hands Fund (provides emergency financial assistance to families); and Camp Scholarships (allows children in remission to reconnect with activities they love). With a national pediatric-hospital partner network of 215+ locations, the foundation directly helps more than 15,000 children affected by cancer and their families every year. Please visit www.ChildrensCancerRecovery.org.

About The Northeast Conference
Now in its 35th year, the Northeast Conference is an NCAA Division I collegiate athletic association consisting of 10 institutions of higher learning located throughout six states. Media coverage of the NEC extends to four of the largest markets in the United States - New York (#1), Pittsburgh (#23), Baltimore (#27), and Hartford/New Haven (#30).  Founded in 1981 as the basketball-only ECAC Metro Conference, the NEC has grown to sponsor 22 championship sports for men and women and now enjoys automatic access to 14 different NCAA Championships. NEC member institutions include Bryant, Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson, LIU Brooklyn, Mount St. Mary's, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis U and Wagner. For more information on the NEC, visit the league's official website (www.northeastconference.org) and digital network (www.necfrontrow.com), or follow the league on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google+, all @NECsports.



Luys’ Story

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Name: Luys
Date: Summer 2015
Company Name: University of Pittsburgh
State: PA

Luys1. Why did you choose to volunteer at Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation?
I enjoy helping others in need. I also would like a future career in the healthcare field. 

2. Have you or your family been affected by cancer? How?
Have not been affected.

3. What was the biggest challenge or struggle cancer has caused you?
I have not had any challenges with cancer.

4. How will your volunteer work help to keep children and families emotionally healthy?
By aiding in making sure children feel comfortable in hospitals with activities and toys.

5. What has brought the most joy during this volunteer experience?
Being able to read stories of families who have endured hardships but have continued to stay positive.

6. How did you hear about Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation?
Volunteer website. 

7. Is there something you wish you could tell to a child fighting cancer?
Keep fighting and never give up. You are not alone. There are many fighting with you.