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Chester County Hospital Foundation Hosts SHINE Gala


The Chester County Hospital foundation held its annual SHINE dinner/dance  on November 5 at the Mercedes-Benz dealership of West Chester. The event benefited patients of the Cancer Program at the Chester County Hospital. Attendees enjoyed a night with delicious food, a silent auction and the chance to win prizes all while enjoying the music of Mr. Greengenes.

With the motto “Our Community, Our Patients, Our Responsibility” this volunteer-run group works with the Medical Staff of The Chester County Hospital and Health System to improve outcomes for local patients living with cancer.

“We are cooperatively working with the Medical Staff and Hospital Administration to figure out what we can do to give every patient an edge in their battle with this disease,” said SHINE Chair Stephanie Challis. “We are lucky to live in a community where wonderful companies and individuals are willing to step up and make a difference.”

Money raised at the gala as goes towards anti-nausea drugs for those who cannot afford them. SHINE also helps provide transportation to appointments.

“The last thing a patient going through chemotherapy wants to do is to ride two or three different buses to get their treatment, especially if they aren’t feeling well,” said Oncologist David Grossman, MD. “SHINE’s transportation assistance program has increased the number of patients who are receiving their treatments on time and certainly has helped to preserve the dignity of our patients.”

SHINE is a growing philanthropic event that benefits cancer patients in the community. This gala continues to be a premier event raising about $100,000 each year.