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Paternostro Family Foundation Donates Comfort Bags to UPMC Cancer Center

by UPMC Susquehanna

The Paternostro Family Foundation recently donated 50 Harnessing Hope bags to Susquehanna Health Foundation to benefit patients at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport. Over the past five years, the Paternostro Family Foundation has provided 550 Harnessing Hopes bags to support newly-diagnosed cancer patients. Each bag comes with items a patient may find useful to have close by to help with the environment, including snacks, hand cream, mouthwash, wet wipes, and more. A notebook is included to write down moments of laughter, conversations worth noting, information about medications, ideas for the future, and more. Each item is intended to provide a little comfort through the uncomfortable parts of the cancer journey. 

Paternostro Family Foundation Donation Cancer Center
Pictured from left: Stephanie Steinbacher, Susquehanna Health Foundation; Laurie King, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center; and Marthalie R. Paternostro and Krista Paternostro Bower, Paternostro Family Foundation.