All Charity Stories



A Positive Impact

October 13, 2017 | By Bradley Britvich | Independence Conservancy

Ever since he was a young man, Michael Harcher has cared about the environment around his home in Beaver County, particularly Raccoon Creek. When Harcher went to Penn State University, he earned a degree in Environmental Studies. When he returned home from college, he realized something needed to be done about the world right outside his back door.

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A Chance For Rescue

October 11, 2017 | By Dorothy Tecklenburg with contributions from Joshua Proud | South Hills Pet Rescue and Rehabilitation Resort

The large black dog with the droopy ears cowered in the van. His life had been hard. All he had known was fear, uncertainty and abuse. How could he trust these large humans who brought nothing but pain and misery?

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A Relay for Hope

October 09, 2017 | By Steven Shrenkel | American Cancer Society

Growing up in Chartiers-Houston, Pennsylvania, Lynette Kunkle has been through a lot in her lifetime. Throughout these experiences, though, there was one thing that never changed: the importance of family.

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Making a Difference

September 29, 2017 | By Bradley Britvich | Independence Conservancy

For over 20 years, Vicky Michaels has worked to clean up the Raccoon Creek Watershed that flows throughout Beaver, Washington and Allegheny Counties. Its forested hills and valleys have meant a lot to Michaels for her entire life.

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Rachel's Story

September 20, 2017 | By Brittany Johnson | Pennsylvania Elks Major Projects

Rachel Polen is a 20-year-old woman who was diagnosed as an infant with Rett Syndrome, a rare genetic mutation that effects brain development. Infants with Rett Syndrome seem to develop normally and reach the developmental milestones such as rolling over and crawling, but at about a year old, the child will start to rapidly decline, losing coordination, speech, and the ability to use their hands.

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Callie's Story

September 13, 2017 | By Brittany Johnson | Pennsylvania Elks Major Projects

Callie Rose was born at 29 weeks, weighing just 2lbs 11oz. Before her first birthday, she was diagnosed with Spastic-Dystonic-Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, a condition that affects all four of her limbs, making her muscles tight and causing movement to be hard and stiff. Dianna McCord, a Pennsylvania Elks Home Service nurse, has been helping Callie and her family since Callie was about 8 months old.

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