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Geisinger Health care center ThinkBIG pediatric cancer fund

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Why ThinkBIG?
While working as a resident at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital located in Danville, Pennsylvania, Dr. Colby Wesner, DO took particular interest in caring for pediatric oncology patients.
One special patient was nine-year-old
Carmine Monacelli, diagnosed with a form of bone cancer. Throughout his chemotherapy and radiation, he remained positive and upbeat.
Every day he shared his hopes and dreams for the future. One day he wanted to be a marine biologist and the next a professional wrestler. The boy was always “Thinking BIG“ despite enduring painful treatments and setbacks.
Throughout Carmine’s care, Dr. Wesner visted him often, and was inspired by him to find ways to support families whose children were diagnosed with cancer. With Carmine’s “ThinkBIG” attitude in mind, Dr. Wesner created this fund to support Geisinger pediatric cancer patients and their families.


Every year Geisinger Health System sees an average of 40 newly diagnosed pediatric cancer from all over the state of Pennsylvania. Currently there are more than 130 children seen for follow-up or active treatment for pediatric cancer in
the Health System.

Having a child battling cancer is tough enough without worrying about travel costs for treatment, paying bills and meeting the expenses of daily living.

The ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund was created to provide an extension of care to patients and families in their most dire time of need.

The ThinkBIG program aims to offset some stress for pediatric oncology families by providing financial support for unexpected out-of-pocket expenses.
Your donation will go directly to help these families. Children and families treated at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and throughout the entire Geisinger network are eligible to apply for assistance.
Please consider making a donation today and help us ThinkBIG in the fight against pediatric cancer.

If people are sending in checks, please reference Tour De Shunk on the Memo Line. Checks should be made out to Geisinger Health System Foundation (a 501c3 charitable organization). Online donations, please use the attached link below:

https://donate.geisinger.org/?ref=TourDeShunk

By using the above link the donation received will be noted on the back-end as supporting the Tour De Shunk, a bicycle century ride (100 miles) in Pennsylvania's northern tier.

Examples of your donations at work:

$25. Provides a days worth of meals to a parent spending all day
in the hospital during their child’s inpatient chemotherapy.

$100. Provides a one-night stay at the Pine Barn Inn
for a family.

$150. Pays a week’s worth of day care for the younger sibling of a pediatric cancer patient, who needs a baby sitter while the parent is caring for the child undergoing treatment

$300. Buys a wig for a child undergoing chemotherapy treatments

$500. Helps purchase hearing aids for a child who has experienced hearing loss
as a side effect of treatment

$1000. Contributes toward the cost of a prosthetic leg for a child who
suffered amputation as a result of bone malignancy


When mailing checks have people send to the following:

ThinkBIG Pediatric Cancer Fund – Tour De Shunk
100 N. Academy Ave. MC 60-19
Danville, PA 17822-6019

Charitable organizations that solicit contributions are required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide the following statement: “A copy of the official registration and financial information may
be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does
not imply endorsement.” You may obtain a copy of the Geisinger Foundation’s financial report by contacting either Geisinger,
Tax Department, 100 N. Academy Ave., Danville, PA 17822-3023 or the NY Department of Law, Charities Bureau,
120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271-0332.

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