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Penn State Health St. Joseph Cancer Center Gives the Gift of Christmas

Reading, Pa., December 16, 2015 – The holidays came early for two deserving Berks County families “adopted” by Penn State Health St. Joseph Cancer Center who showered them with Christmas gifts last week.

The families were selected by staff and who agreed they would pool their personal money to support two patient families with younger children. The selection process was difficult as, sadly, there are many families in need who also have loved ones struggling with cancer.

With the adoptive families selected, staff randomly picked the family member for whom they would be purchasing gifts. This way multiple staff could buy for the same children so that each child received at least 6 gifts. Not made fully aware of the extent of the planned gift giving, the patients provided names, sizes, and interests of their children. The patients themselves received Mastercard gift cards.

Maria Ramos, a single mom of three children ranging from 8 to 15, was one of the “adopted” families.

When she arrived on December 9th, she was cheerily greeted by cancer center staff and physicians. They wished wish her and her family a Merry Christmas as they ushered her into a gift-filled room.

Surprised—and speechless—tears streaked Ramos’ face as she thanked staff for their generosity and for making this Christmas one she—and her children—will always remember!


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