Meet Our Cancer Fighters


The Carbon/Schuylkill American Cancer Society honored a select group of individuals and organizations for their outstanding efforts in the everyday fight against cancer.


They were honored during the annual Cancer Fighters Dinner on Sunday, April 2,  at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance, 902 Mill Road, in Lehighton.


The Cancer Fighters dinner serves as a kickoff for the upcoming Telethon on April 8-9, 2017 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe.


This year the Carbon/Schuylkill ACS Telethon Committee honors the following individuals and groups.


Caine Brobst will receive the “Fundraiser Spotlight Award.” Caine’s unique fundraising abilities throughout the years have helped to promote the telethon and raise funds to help others. He has performed on behalf of ACS locally and has devoted his time and talents to help with the telethon, the cancer telethon auction every year.   His dedication to the local fundraising effort is admirable.  


Madeline Ligenza~ will receive the “Cancer Fighter Award.” Madeline has been part of  Carbon/Schuylkill Telethon for many years.   She is the driving force behind the wonderful dance talent who performs during the telethon show.  As a volunteer, she always eager to lend a helping hand answering telephones, promoting our daffodils fundraiser and helping with telethon data and tabulation. She is an unsung hero of our team!


Ken Eck & the Lehighton Middle School ~ will receive the “James J. Rhoades Award for Outstanding School Participation.” Mr. Eck became involved with Telethon following the retirement of Mr. John Lopata.   He nurtures and guides students as they continue to find creative and worthy efforts to raise funds to fight cancer. We salute great student energy, and the strong mentorship of Mr. Eck!


Notre Dame Club of Schuylkill County ~ will receive the “Patricia A. Haughton Award for Exceptional Service.” This group creates and collaborates with other groups that put “fun” in fundraising.  Frank McCarroll and members of the clue are independent self-starters. Few match the quality of commitment shown by this group year after year.


Alyssa Tirpak ~ will receive the “‘Generation Next’ Leadership Award.” Over the last few years, Alyssa has become an integral part of the telethon. During her five years with the cancer telethon, her role with the event has grown dynamically.   We salute this next generation leader’s dedication and spirit.


Yvonne Stoffey ~ will receive the “Volunteer Extreme Award”. Whether it is auction, holiday sales, telethon, or daffodils, Yvonne is there and willing to lend a helping hand to get the job done.  She is a “go-to” member of the team and her dedication and willingness to help are greatly appreciated.


Lisa Johnson of Blue Mountain Health System~ will receive the “Sponsor Champion Award”. The Cancer Telethon team is grateful for Lisa’s help with the annual sponsorship provided by Blue Mountain Health System.  The is team is also grateful for Lisa’s personal  effort in rallying support for daffodil sales, recruiting telephone volunteers and much more to make our telethon successful.


The Keynote Speakers for the evening were WNEP-TV 16 popular meteorologists Noreen Clark and her husband, former WNEP TV chief meteorologist Tom Clark.


Tom, is a cancer survivor who inspired everyone with his personal story.







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