Donor & Patient Stories

From Harness Maker to Modern Day Philanthropist

Harness maker Levi Newsome, Jr. died in 1967. This year, he purchased 36 new patient recliners for UPMC Northwest.

Marge Hajduk Gives to Remember

Mary “Marge” Hajduk is grateful for many things. Her four children and four grandchildren, her Oil City home, and two decades as principal of St. Stephens School immediately come to mind, as do the fi

Woods & River Coffee Serves a Cup of Caring

Erin Wanninger and Marcy Hall know what it means to run a coffee shop in a small town. They also know what it means for a small-town coffee shop to give back.

For the Merkels, Giving is a Family Affair

For over a decade, Greg and Sarah Merkel have been proud to call Venango County their home.

Dr. McCandless Carries on Family Legacy of Care

For over a century, the McCandless family has provided medical care for the people of Venango County. Now retired, Dr. David McCandless is continuing this legacy.

A Stroke Can Happen at Any Age: Lyvia’s Story

Adjusting to life with a newborn typically entails parents welcoming their new family member while also trying to get enough sleep, managing late-night feedings, and often balancing working full-time.

A Step-By-Step Approach to Recovery

Sometimes the best way to say thank you is with a small gesture. For Jim Oliphant and his wife Barbara, of Kennerdell, PA, their thank-you gesture was delivered to the staff at the UPMC Cardiac Rehab

Retired Doctor Remains Focused on Foundation’s Mission

40 years ago, Dr. James E. Knarr had a vision. He left behind city life to begin his oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Franklin, PA. He arrived with not just his medical credentials, but his

Ashley Sheffer, Growing With Her Community

Ashley Sheffer might be a young professional, but she is a seasoned veteran when it comes making a difference in the Venango County.

New Equipment Treats Patients With Chronic Pain

Barry Cressman, of Titusville, suffering from chronic back and knee pain, was steered to the new technology used by Dr. Kyle Shilk at UPMC Northwest. He asked the physician to perform radiofrequency a