The image of the butterfly represents the transformation from a place of pain and suffering to a place of beauty and peace. Each hand-designed card is lovingly created by Janie Holben and Susan Christine, hospice volunteers for Lehigh Valley Health Network.
In Memoriam- Janie Holben 3/6/1951-2/28/2018
She lived her life fully and gave of her talents joyfully!
Janie Holben spent most of her career as a fourth grade teacher in the Whitehall-Coplay School District. She and Wings 2 Peace co-founder, Susan Christine, met at church over 30 years ago where together they were involved in many mission projects in the Lehigh Valley. Together they also taught the adult Sunday School class for several years.
Janie has been involved for many years with her teaching colleagues in fund-raising for Relay for Life. She also supports the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and the Community Music School.
After retiring from teaching, Janie was searching for a way to share God's blessings with others. When Susan invited her and her family to become partners in the Wings 2 Peace Charitable Fund, Janie knew she had found her mission. Creating cards to raise funds for pediatric and hospice patients brings her a sense of fulfillment and joy. Providing for the comfort needs of these patients lights up their faces and her heart.
Susan spent the majority of her professional career as a registered nurse, with the beginning years as a Critical Care nurse. She also spent time caring for patients in the specialities of Oncology, Post-Anesthesia and in the Burn Center. The middle years of Susan's career included owning and managing a Cardiac Monitoring Services Company for almost 25 years.
Susan and Janie share a special friendship that began over 30 years ago.They started working together on church mission related projects in the local community as well as Co-leading an Adult Sunday School class for several years.
Susan volunteered for various medical society auxiliaries, as well as for the American Cancer Society ( ACS) and Chaired the Inaugural " Tee Up For A Cure" Golf Tournament at Lehigh Country Club to benefit the ACS. Susan's last 5 years of employment were spent as the Distinguished Events Manager for the Lehigh Valley Unit of the American Cancer Society.
In her search for an opportunity to " feed her soul" after retiring, Susan became a hospice volunteer for Lehigh Valley Health Network in the Inpatient Hospice Unit. Susan met the most exceptional staff at LVHN who were part of the inspiration for the creation of the Wings 2 Peace Charitable Fund. Susan's amazing family has been the other motivation to "pay it forward" for all the blessings in her life.
The friendship Susan and Janie share took on a new dimension after ending their professional careers. The partnership as Co-Founders of the Wings 2 Peace Charitable Fund enriches their lives, deepens their bond, and fuels the journey to keep telling their story to touch more families with children faced with devastating medical circumstances.
Each day, Susan hopes their efforts will continue to light up a child's face through the generous donors of the Wings 2 Peace Charitable Fund, exclusively at LVHN.
Vivi — Our Ambassador
Victoria " Vivi" was born on November 18,2010. She is a little girl like any other, she loves her dolls and has big plans for the future, all involve helping others. She wants to be a doctor, teacher and a nurse too. But, the future is uncertain for Vivi, at 3 years old she was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick's Type C disease. A disease that might not let her achieve her dreams, a disease that changes the statement " when I grow up...." to " IF I grow up...."
But, Vivi is a fighter, a believer in miracles, so she started an experimental treatment to try to fight this disease. Her treatments are hard and challenging and take place every two weeks at Lehigh Valley Health Network.
A lot of great, wonderful things have started since going to LVHN, but, probably the most amazing one of all was meeting Susan and Janie, the angels behind the Wings 2 Peace Fund. It was a few days before Christmas 2016 and Vivi had yet another
treatment. After her treatment I wheeled her into a room full of presents and saw her eyes light up. An ordinary hospital waiting room was magically transformed into Santa's workshop. And all those amazing presents were for her. In an instant, gone was the pain, the tiredness, the memory of needles and pokes, her face was radiating happiness. For a parent that joy in their child's eyes is priceless.
Bringing happiness to children like Vivi is what Wings 2 Peace does best. Thank you Wings 2 Peace for bringing joy into Vivi's life and making her dreams come true. Your love and compassion made a huge difference in our lives.
Written by Mihaela Costache- Vivi's mother
Also, thanks to the funds raised by Wings 2 Peace, a beautiful “Art Cart” was donated to the Pediatric Cancer Infusion Center.
I know my continued support of Wings 2 Peace will help provide future comfort for these patients."
Thank you Wings 2 Peace for bringing so much happiness and joy into her life."
They are a warm blanket on the hearts of many moms and dads."