Shelby Petonak 

Founder of the Pillows for Patients program 

Pine-Richland senior Shelby Petonak, 17, finds comfort in helping breast cancer patients. 

In the late summer of 2017, Shelby’s mom, Wendy, was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer. The news devastated her tight-knit family.  [Read more…]

Andrew McCutchen  Gives back to the ‘Burgh 

Andrew McCutchen gives back

He played in Pittsburgh for nine great years. The Pirates chose Andrew McCutchen in the first round (11th overall) of the 2005 MLB draft. At the age of 22, he made his debut with the Pirates on June 4, 2009. It was only fitting that he proudly wore jersey number 22. McCutchen was born on Friday, October 10, 1986, in Fort Meade, FloridaThroughout his major league career, he was honored with numerous accolades – The Silver Slugger Award, Player’s Choice for the National League’s Outstanding Player, the coveted Most Valuable Player Award for the 2013 season.    [Read more…]

Heather Shuker Creates NillyNoggin EEG Caps to Help Children with Epilepsy

 We first introduced you to Heather Shuker in our May 2018 issue. Heather is a Hampton resident and the mother of 16-yearold Hannah Pallas.  When Hannah was four-month olds, she began having seizures. The doctors diagnosed her with severe, intractable epilepsy. 

        Heather along with other mothers fought diligently to bring medical marijuana to Pennsylvania to help Hannah and others suffering from debilitating illnesses.  Heather was successful in this quest, and medical marijuana has helped Hannah.  She is over 95% seizure-free since 2017. Hannah still has around 20-40 seizures a month, but the improvement is significant.  [Read more…]

George Kruth

George Takes readers on a historical journey with his  Shalercrest: A Defense Housing Project  

 During World War II, there was a housing shortage among factory workers.  To help with the war effort, the federal government provided housing for defense laborers.  One such region that was built in 1940 was called Shalercrest, which is located on Mt. Vernon in Shaler Township.  George Kruth, 77, of Shaler lived in this 251-unit facility, so he is familiar with its history.  [Read more…]

Dawn Gunning – Ovarian Cancer Survivor

By Paula Green 

 By Paula Green

        September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  A Cranberry Township businesswoman was diagnosed with ovarian cancer several years ago.  Dawn Gunning was shocked when she was told the news, but she fought back and won the battle.  Now Dawn shares her story. [Read more…]