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Nanticoke Benefits from Young Philanthropists

By Nanticoke Health Services | Mar 18, 2014
Front row L-R Makayla Jeandell, Madeline Tricarico, Anna White.  Back Row L-R, Don Tricarico VP, Clinical Operations, Kathy Burt, Director, Cancer Care Center, Steve Rose, NHS President & CEO, Penny Short, COO & CNO, Renee’ Morris, Foundation Executive Director

A philanthropist is a person who gives money or gifts to charities, or helps people in need in other ways.  A philanthropist has an unselfish concern for and is devoted to the welfare of others. At Nanticoke Health Services, a heart-warming trend is being seen as young people get involved in philanthropy. Although they are young, they can make a real difference in the lives of others.

Recently, a group of local girls have become passionate about helping cancer patients in the community.  This past fall, 12 year old Sierra Scott along with her mother attended a quarter auction benefiting a cancer patient.  Sierra enjoys making duct tape bracelets and had some with her that night.  Sierra, knowing that many cancer patients need help with things like transportation to their treatments, decided to sell her bracelets that night at the auction and donated all the money raised to Nanticoke’s Cancer Care Services.  Sierra took the microphone and talked to the crowd about her plans and the guests were more than happy to purchase bracelets. In November, Sierra donated the money to the Cancer Care Center and says she plans to do more fundraising for cancer patients. In addition to her bracelets, Sierra is making clay charms.

Three other young ladies from Seaford, Makayla Jeandell, Madeline Tricarico and Anna White decided they would like to help sick people in their community too. Deciding to also sell bracelets, they joined Sierra in raising money and donating it to cancer patients. The girls named their group “Looms of Love.” The girls sold bracelets to friends, family and even their parents’ coworkers. All the money they raised was donated to the Nanticoke Cancer Care Center on February 6th.  The girls also had an opportunity to speak in front of other children at their school and to share their fundraising efforts and talk about how it will help the cancer patients in their community.  They hope to inspire their classmates to help the community as well.

Philanthropy is fundamental to the health of the community and young people have the ability to make a difference in their community and the world through service.  Thank you for your support and making a difference in the lives of cancer patients within Sussex County through “Looms of Love.”

To learn more about ways to support Nanticoke Health Services, please contact the Nanticoke Health Services Foundation Office at MorrisR@nanticoke.org or 302-536-5391.

Don Tricarico, VP of Clinical Operations, Kathy Burt, Director, Cancer Care, Sierra Scott, Tina Craig, Cancer Care Center Administrative Assistant and Sierra’s grandmother, Penny Short, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nursing Officer
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