Members of Franklin County Government and Franklin County Commissioners present a donation to Janet Daniels to benefit cancer patients undergoing treatment at Summit Health. (From L to R), Franklin County Commissioner, Chairman of Franklin County Commissioners David Keller, Sarah Hamel, Franklin County Government, Tiffany Bloyer, Franklin County Government, Jessica Kuhns, Franklin County Government, Janet Daniels, Summit Health, Franklin County Commissioner Robert Thomas.
Friday, December 16, 2016

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Franklin County Government employees recently used a creative contest to help support local cancer patients.

Last month about 40 workers donated cash to participate in a "No Shave November" contest, where they were awarded prizes for best, worst, and most creative facial hair. The contest mimics other national efforts to spread awareness about men's health issues, by encouraging men to grow their facial hair during the month to start conversations regarding prevention and awareness.

It was the first time the county hosted a contest of this sort, and it raised more than just eyebrows; $185 was donated to the Oncology Bridge Fund. The check was presented to Janet Daniels, Director of Oncology, at the County Commissioner's meeting this week.

Daniels started the fund at Summit Health with her own pledge of $10,000 over ten years. "There are people we are treating who are having trouble making ends meet because of their illness but don't necessarily qualify for the charity care program. This fund helps bridge the gap," she said.

"We are thrilled the Franklin County employees chose to support this special fund," explained Donor Relations and Annual Giving Officer Beth Stephey. "Not only will this donation make a big difference for a local patient, but this has helped spread awareness about this assistance fund, which makes an incredible difference for our patients who are undergoing cancer treatments."

"This money could help a patient keep their heat on during the winter, pay for transportation to and from treatment or help with other living expenses," said Daniels. "We are deeply grateful for this donation and the kindness and support from the Franklin County employees that it represents."