Making a Difference | Year in Review


In this week’s Making a Difference we’re taking a look back at some stories throughout 2017 of people makign a difference throughout Central PA.

While the Country and Central PA was recognizing "autism awareness month" back in April, Dauphin County mom Lisa Fulton was recognizing a Susquehanna township police officer.

The rough day Lisa was talking about was February 28th, when she was in a car accident.

She was leaving a funeral to pick up her son from school that afternoon.

it could've been a worse situation for Lisa and her 19 year old son Dana who has autism, had it not been for the understanding of officer Clee Tillman.

Then in May, a 20-year celebration of a program that helps children improve their education and get rewarded for it.

Reverend James Iyles, founder of youth 10 times better ministries,started the Wheel-a-Thon , giving away bicycles to kids in Dauphin County at Wesley United Church in Middletown.

He went from giving away just one bike the first year, to 300 bikes 20 years later, to kids with good grades.

June was a perfect month for a lemonade stand. especially one that raises awareness of and money for childhood cancer research.

And that $500 donation by Watson Supply was turned into $1000 thanks to sponsor Northwestern Mutual matching the donations during a whole month of Alex's lemonade stand at the simply turkey and more restaurant on front street in Susquehanna Township.

We rounded out the summer with a sunny day, sunny day *camp* to be exact.

The camp was founded by PA state police Corporal Samantha Minnucci in honor of her brother Gabriel who has an intellectual disability.

Corporal Minnucci got the idea when she was involved with "camp cadet while stationed in Chester County.

But "Camp Cadet" is not designed for people with disabilities, so Corporal Minnucci started a one day camp here in Central Pa, and this past August, folks like her brother got to enjoy sunny day camp with PA state police.

Then in October , as folks were figuring out their Halloween costumes, a Dauphin County mom and daughter had other clothing on their minds, wedding gowns.

These dresses were bound for a yard sale before Stacy Archibald and Ashley McNeely found out about Sweet Grace Ministries, and their program that turns wedding dresses into burial gowns for babies -- and they agreed they are more valuable outside the box.

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