The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center

A Community of Caring

The official Girl Scout slogan, “Do a good turn daily,” has been honored by scouts everywhere since 1912. Local troops take that mandate to heart, often doing good turns that benefit the patients at the Leever Cancer Center. Sincere thanks to the young women of Troops 64171, 64100, 64115, and 62404, all of whom graciously and generously donated comfort bags to our patients.

 Seven-year-old Emily Raefski, 10-year-old Elizabeth Raefski, and mom Amy Raefski delivered dozens of hand-decorated and lovingly crafted comfort bags for Leever patients. The bags were created by the Brownies from Middlebury Troop 62404.

Special thanks to Waterbury Emblem Club #552 for their generous donation, made in appreciation of “all the good work” the Leever Cancer Center does. The Emblem Club, whose motto is “Truth, Justice, and Charity,” raised this charitable donation through their Pink Tea fundraiser.

Attorney Brian J. Mongelluzo let his hair grow. And grow. And grow. Until it was time to hand the shears to the highest bidder. A portion of the bid donations came to the Leever Cancer Center, while Brian’s long, luscious locks were donated to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program, which makes wigs for those battling cancer. Thank you, Brian!

“Thirty-One Gifts” Independent Senior Consultant Bernadette Schwartz collected a gift of 42 Christmas Comfort Totes for “women who could use a little comfort when they need it most.” Thank you to all those who contributed to the Christmas Comfort Tote initiative. 

Christine Damato kept busy during her treatment for breast cancer while also doing good for the community: She organized “Chris’s Chemo Comedy,” a comedy show to benefit the Leever Cancer Center. Using the proceeds from ticket sales, Chris was able to purchase $2,000 worth of gift cards for Leever patients. 

Representatives of the Student Activity Student Government Group at Memorial School in Middlebury traveled to the Leever Cancer Center recently to personally deliver a $500 donation from the school.

Krista Palomba of Watertown and Sue Semeraro of Waterbury stack some of the 95 gift bags donated to patients at The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center. Each bag includes a blanket, lotions, soaps, and other items to make cancer patients more comfortable. The drive was organized by Palomba to honor friends and family who have faced cancer.

Our friends at WATR 1320 AM Radio in Waterbury, played the Good Time Oldies at their Oldies Dance for the Stepping Forward Survivorship Program. The event was a lot of fun and raised $2,000 for the program.