Board of Ambassadors Host 8th Annual Spirit of Hope Celebration

Seated, from left to right: Philip Medico, Jo Ann Romano Hallesky, Marta Gomes, Amanda E. Marchegiani, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Robin Long, Suzanne Jaffe, Jessica Kalinoski, Associate Board Co-Chair, Leo Vergnetti, Board of Ambassadors Chairman, Angela Rempe Jones, Associate Board of Ambassadors Chairwoman, Charles C. Jefferson, Kristie Hynoski, Traci Fosnot, Meghan Gagorik and Patty Vergnetti.
Standing, from left to right:, Chuck Morgan, Steven J. Szydlowski, Ph.D., , Greg Gagorik, Christopher A. Peters, M.D, James T. Gorman, Patrick Sicilio, Joe G. Ferguson, Esq., Tom DePietro, Thomas P. Cummings III, Esq., Thomas P. Cummings, Jr., Esq., Richard P. Conaboy Jr., Clarence Baltrusaitis, Matt Beynon, Nicholas Colangelo, Ph.D., Joe Mattioli, Nevin Gerber, and Vince Scarpetta.
Board of Ambassadors: Absent from photo: Jennifer Heil, Tom Blaskewicz, William Davis, Mary Erwine, John Heil, William Rinaldi, David J. Nape, Eugene D. Sperazza, Esq., Paul McGloin,  John P. Rodgers, Esq., P. Richard Scheller, Brian McQuestion, U.S. Representative (PA’s 9th Congressional District) Dan Meuser, Mark J. Conway,Esq., Melissa Stites, Jim Brady, Susan Brady,  Evie Rafalko McNulty, Joseph Tomko, Joe Van Wie and William Davis. 
Associate Board Members: Absent from photo: Chris Lynch.

The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and the Board of Ambassadors and Associate Board hosted its eighth annual Spirit of Hope Celebration on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

The event featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, food stations, live music by Paul LaBelle and Tony Vergnetti and dance music from EJ the DJ, a live and silent auction and gift card guarantee. The Tribute to Courage honoree was York City Firefighter Ryan Robeson. Ryan participated in the 2019 Scranton Half Marathon courageously attempted to set a Guinness world record for running 13.1 miles in approximately 50 pounds of full fire fighter gear; all while breathing from a self-contained breathing apparatus. Through his world record attempt, Ryan raised awareness and money for two charities, Operation Unite and Foundation 58. Foundation 58 seeks to compensate firefighters, first responders and their families who are struggling with the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis.

The Spirit of Hope Celebration benefits the Cancer Institute’s Community-Based Cancer Screening Navigation Program. This program helps low income and un/underinsured individuals in northeast Pennsylvania get their recommended colorectal, breast, cervical, and lung cancer screenings.

About The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute
The Northeast Regional Cancer Institute is a nonprofit community-based agency serving seven counties in northeast Pennsylvania with offices located in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.  Focusing on surveillance, community and patient services, and hospital and practice support services, the Cancer Institute invests 100% of its resources locally.

About the Board of Ambassadors
The Board of Ambassadors is a group of individuals and business leaders in northeast Pennsylvania who have come together to raise funds & awareness to fight cancer in the local community through their support and promotion of a gala event.