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Written by Matt Hardy, CFRE, executive director, Mount Nittany Health Foundation


Trish with George, her husband of nearly 30 years, and their two sons, Michael (left) and Charlie (right)

Thank you for your continued commitment to Mount Nittany Health. Because of donors like you, we have the privilege of taking care of people like Trish Riley. I am grateful and honored that Trish and her family are allowing us to share her story with you today.

“After going through my surgeries and chemotherapy, radiation was the last of my treatments,” explains Trish. “When I went for my radiation, seeing the compassionate, caring staff at Mount Nittany Health’s Shaner Cancer Pavilion made me feel like everything was going to be OK.”

At Mount Nittany Health, our physicians, nurses and staff are committed to treating each patient and his or her family with excellence, dignity and respect, and improving the health of everyone who calls our community home. This commitment to our patients is what sets us apart and makes us the most trusted healthcare provider in the region, a distinction we are proud of and have worked hard to earn.

When Trish was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2014, brief consideration was given to going to an urban hospital for treatment. She knew little of the advancements in treatment that have taken place over the years at Mount Nittany Medical Center until she experienced the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion firsthand. Then she knew she had made the right choice. “Everyone at the Shaner Cancer Pavilion was phenomenal,” Trish says. “They were very caring and always had a smile on their faces. They have such high-end specialists on staff, and all the technology I needed was right there. I wouldn’t go anywhere else — there is no reason to. Thanks to everyone there, I am now cancer free!”

As a team, our physicians, physicists and radiation therapy technologists use their training, education and expertise with the latest in cancer-treatment technologies to deliver the best care to our patients in the kindest environment. As our services have grown, so has the need for a second linear accelerator for radiation therapy. Inspired donors, like you, are committed to being part of the growth of our cancer services, and we invite you to consider a gift that will impact patients like Trish.

In this season of giving, please consider a gift to Mount Nittany Health to provide comprehensive, compassionate cancer care and the most innovative therapies available to people who need them. Your gift to Mount Nittany Health Foundation is an investment in lifesaving services for our community. Thank you for being a vital part of our history and an integral part of our future.

If you are interested in reading more about Trish and her care, or making a gift online, please visit

Warmest regards,

Matt Hardy, CFRE

Executive director

Mount Nittany Health Foundation

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