Family Donates $1,750 to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients

(June 2, 2015 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

The families of two women who lost their battles with cancer donated $1,750 in their memory to Monongahela Valley Hospital's Charles L. and Rose Sweeney Melenyzer Pavilion and Regional Cancer Center. The funds raised will benefit the Ensure Fund, which provides MVH's cancer patients with free nutritional supplements vital to their treatment.

The family raised the money during its Third Annual Oldies Dance on May 9 in West Mifflin with the music once enjoyed by the late Kim Davis of Allenport and the late Diane Sesco of N.C.

Family Donates $1,750 to Monongahela Valley Hospital Cancer Patients photo

Sitting from left are, Kelly Sesco and James Davis, daughter and husband, respectively, of the late Kim Davis. They are holding Mrs. Sesco's children, Daniel, age 5, and Nathan, age 1, plus Gabrielle Nolder, Mrs. Sesco's 11-year old cousin, who originated the Oldies Dance idea. Standing are Andrew J. Zahalsky, M.D., director, Medical Oncology, with Lori Lasich, CRNP; Carol Manown, RN, clinical coordinator; Jessica Fitch, RN, and Bonny Holmes, Mon-Vale Oncology supervisor.

Diane Sesco was Kelly Sesco's late mother-in-law who died of cancer at age 58. Gabrielle Nolder's parents are Ken and Tracy Nolder, of Elizabeth, who also helped with the dance.

"We just want to give back, they took such good care of mom when she was here, it was like a family," said Mrs. Sesco. "We couldn't have made it without these people, even after she passed."

MVH's Regional Cancer Center, which is celebrating its 30 years of service to the community, is the second largest center in Western Pennsylvania, offering cutting edge medical oncology and radiation oncology treatments and innovative therapies for symptom management. In addition to hosting four different cancer support groups, MVH's Regional Cancer Center hosts many free annual events and projects designed to limit the impact of cancer on the community through prevention, education and the early detection of cancer.

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