October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Daniel Deitzel, Executive Director at Spang Crest, a Luthercare community in Lebanon, will wear pink every day this month to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Dan is participating in the Real Men Wear Pink of the Lower Susquehanna Valley’s campaign. The campaign shows support and raises awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society’s fight against breast cancer. Real Men Wear Pink of the Lower Susquehanna Valley is a distinguished group of community leaders from Lebanon, Lancaster and York counties who have stepped up to help make a difference for this important cause.
For Dan, supporting the American Cancer Society is personal.
“In 2014, I was sitting in a meeting in our conference room and a physician was sitting next to me. He noticed an unusual spot on my neck and told me I should have this checked out. I saw this mole many times and paid no attention for years, but since the physician made a point to tell me, I thought perhaps I should see a specialist. I went to the dermatologist and found out I had a malignant melanoma. It had to be removed and then the areas around the mole had to be wide enough to ensure they removed all of the cancer. Over the course of 4 months, they did this procedure three times, and finally it was all removed. I have been cancer-free for over 5 years now. I support the American Cancer Society and their efforts to fight all types of cancer.”
Founded in 1949, Luthercare, a social ministry organization affiliated with the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of Lutheran Services in America, is a leading provider of independent, personal care and skilled care residences in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. Luthercare operates Luther Acres, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Lititz, Pa.; Spang Crest, a rehabilitation center, skilled nursing and personal care with memory support community in Lebanon, Pa.; and St. John’s Herr Estate, an independent living and personal care community in Columbia, Pa. Additionally, Luthercare operates four PA Keystone Stars-accredited child care and early learning centers in Lancaster, Marietta, Reamstown and Annville. Luthercare, a pioneer in Child Care Programs, also offers a Mentoring Program, which aids home-based child care providers in Lebanon and Lancaster counties.