Celebrating World Pancreatic Cancer Day


The Lackawanna County Commissioners recently proclaimed World Pancreatic Cancer Day in our area to increase awareness about this debilitating disease.

Pancreatic cancer has become the third leading cause of cancer death in the United States with a very small survival rate percentage.  Research for early detention, root causes and effective treatments are the goals of the medical community for helping patients and finding a cure.

Shown from left: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni, Susie Connors, Tammy Saunders, Teresa Grabowski, Mayor James Connors, Christian Saunders, Pancreatic Cancer organization; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley, and Commissioner Laureen A. Cummings.     

Committee Finalizes Plans for 10th Annual Nancy McCormick Volleyball Tournament


Committee members met recently to finalize plans for the 10th Annual Nancy McCormick Volleyball Tournament that will take place on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Dunmore High School.

The tournament is hosted each year at Dunmore High School during Memorial Day Weekend by a group of family and friends of the late Nancy McCormick.  Nancy was a teacher, loving wife, and mother of five who died from colon cancer.

A portion of proceeds from the tournament supports the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute’s Patient Navigation Program. The Patient Navigation Program helps low income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals in northeast Pennsylvania receive necessary breast, cervical, and colon cancer screenings.

To date, the tournament has raised approximately $30,500 for the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.  The Cancer Institute invests 100% of its resources locally.

For more information on this event, please visit nancy-mccormick-memorial.ticketleap.com.

From left to right: Karen Saunders, president of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute;  and Nancy McCormick Committee members- Frank Rainey, Jan Needham, Adam McCormick, Cara Zayac McCormick, Calin Ann Jude McCormick and Shamus McCormick.

Committee members absent from photo: Ann Tomasello, Colleen Ross, Margy Rainey and Erin Kreis.

Fidelity Bank Makes Donation Komen Gala for the Cure

Pictured from left are Mary Marrara, Mary Kay Warner; Daniel J. Santaniello, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank, and event co-chairs: Joann Marsili and Paula Mackarey.

Pictured from left are Mary Marrara, Mary Kay Warner; Daniel J. Santaniello, President & CEO, Fidelity Bank, and event co-chairs: Joann Marsili and Paula Mackarey.

Daniel J. Santaniello, President and CEO of Fidelity Bank, recently presented the committee members for the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s upcoming Gala for the Cure with a $5,000 donation.  The Gala for the Cure will be held on Friday, Oct. 9 at the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

The gala is a celebration honoring the organization’s 25 years of the Northeast Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of the longest running affiliates in the nation.  Its goal is to raise funds to provide breast health education, breast cancer early detection screening and treatment services to 19 counties in Northeast PA. To date, nearly $4 million has been given locally for services.

“Komen NEPA helps fund services, education and treatment, to uninsured local women and men in need,” stated event co-chair Joann Marsili, Vice President, Director of Marketing and Sales at Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank. “So many lives have been touched by this awful disease, I am very proud to be part of an organization like Fidelity Bank that realizes the importance and the great need that is fulfilled by Komen NEPA in our area and we so grateful to all of our other sponsors who have generously supported this cause.” added Marsili.

Fidelity Bank has built a strong history as trusted advisors to the customers served, and is proud to be an active member of the community of Northeastern Pennsylvania. With 11 branches located throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties, Fidelity Bank offers full-service Trust & Investment Departments, a Mortgage center, and an array of personal and business banking products and services. The Bank provides 24 hour, seven day a week service to customers through branch offices, online at www.bankatfidelity.com, and through the Customer Care Center at 800-388-4380.