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  • Financial Assistance is Now Available for Lehigh Valley Residents Battling Blood Cancers
  • March is Women’s History Month
  • Celebrating Read Across America

Financial Assistance is Now Available for Lehigh Valley Residents Battling Blood Cancers



Families with loved ones battling blood cancers know all too well the terrible burden these diseases can have on a family’s finances. There are more than 13,000 patients living with or in remission from blood cancers in Eastern Pennsylvania. The everyday financial needs of these patients can be extremely challenging, especially for caregivers or patients who are forced to reduce hours or stop working altogether during treatment. This can create a significant barrier for those seeking and receiving treatment and care. 

Fortunately, the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) has teamed up with my office to help provide financial relief for those suffering from blood cancers. Over the last two budget cycles, I was able to secure a total of $400,000 for LLS’ Patient Assistance Programs, aimed at providing caregivers and families in the Lehigh Valley with the resources necessary to overcome the financial challenges associated with blood cancers.

This assistance is now available and can be applied for on the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s website.

These programs help to “fill in the gaps” by covering costs associated with battling these blood-borne diseases that are not typically covered by insurance, such as travel to treatment, co-pay assistance, urgent need costs and much more.

March is Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a great opportunity to learn about, appreciate and recognize the achievements of all women. It is also a chance to call attention to Pennsylvanian women who have been at forefront of arts, literature and science. Women like:

  • Lucretia Mott, an important figure in the abolitionist and Women’s Rights movement and a co-organizer of the Seneca Falls Convention.
  • Ann Preston, the first woman dean of a medical school and a prominent pioneer in the effort to open the field of medicine to women.
  • Betsy Ross, known for making our country’s first Flag.
  • Ida Tarbell, the journalist who brought down Standard Oil’s monopoly.
  • Marian Anderson, the renowned singer and Civil Rights activist, she was the first African-American to sing at The Metropolitan Opera.
  • Martha Graham, her Graham technique ushered in a transformative new era of dance. Graham was the first dancer to perform at the White House.

This is a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with these women and to learn about many others, their rich stories and the impact they’ve had on our country and the world:

Celebrating Read Across America



Read Across America Day might have passed, but my office has been celebrating the joys of reading all month long. Becoming an avid reader at an early age unlocks a whole world of new possibilities and a lifelong appreciation for learning.

To celebrate and encourage reading at a young age, my Allentown staff has been sharing their favorite children’s books every week in March.

Read Across America Day has been a staple in schools across the country since it was first celebrated in 1998, designed to encourage and spread the joys of reading. With March coming to a close, we are already looking forward to celebrating this important program next year.

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